SparkPeople Girlies Ditching a +100 pounds + !!! Team Messageboard For all us ladies with 100+ lbs to get RID of. A place to motivate, chat, celebrate, vent or whatever you need. We can travel this bumpy road together and enjoy great friendships along the way!!! SparkPeople Girlies Ditching a +100 pounds + !!! Team Messageboard Grocery Game On this post, let's name some of the things we bought at the grocery store. <BR> <BR> Other members can chime in with different ways to cook them. <BR> ...what to serve with the items... <BR> ...what other things to try that are similar... Fri, 4 Oct 2019 22:52:18 EST Back to School Goals Hey Girlies! What are your goals for the "first semester" of this school year? <BR> What do you want to accomplish from September -- December? A goal not written down is just a dream. Let's solidify those dreams!!! Mon, 26 Aug 2019 22:44:55 EST Goals for JULY 2019 I'm going back to basics Girlies. <BR> 1. Start with 32 is per day &amp; 8 oz per week. <BR> 2. Walk at least 10 minutes every day. Rain. Sun. Hot. Hotter. Just do it!!! <BR> 3. 1 Fruit. 1 vegie. Daily. Increase over the course of the month. <BR> <BR> Regardless of what the scale says or does...THIS is the PLAN!!! Thu, 20 Jun 2019 23:48:16 EST GOALS FOR APRIL 2019 What are your goals for this month (&amp; beyond)? <BR> <BR> I'm going to start morning walks!!! Sun, 31 Mar 2019 11:48:54 EST New Hello, I am new to the group and just wanted to say hi. Looking for friends to keep me motivated. Thank you 😘 Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:50:54 EST Crazy Things So as I was walking around my living room table the other night, I realized I do some really crazy things to fit in exercise. So I'm curious...what's something out of the norm that you do? <em>334</em> (I may or may not be looking for ideas) Mon, 11 Feb 2019 12:27:42 EST Weekend Plans I know most of you lovelies are in a frozen tundra, but what things are you getting up to this weekend? Any fun? Any creative workouts? <BR> <BR> I'm down in TX so our weather is nothing much to speak of. If it's not raining, a trip to the dog park. I'm a movie nerd so I KNOW I'll end up in the theater again. It's a standing Saturday date. Fri, 1 Feb 2019 09:30:09 EST GOALS for FEB 2019 <em>306</em> <em>131</em> <BR> <BR> What are your goals for February? These don't have to be a number on the scale. They can be how many workouts. How many books. A project you want to complete. How many miles you want to walk. Goals are goals. Your life does NOT revolve around weight loss. Maybe you want to get a new job or find some new friends. SHARE!!! Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:22:38 EST What's Doing in Your World I know most of us use this website for weight loss/tracking only but I guess I'm a chatter. I love interaction and it helps keep the mind from straying to the naughty goodies. So that said...what's going on with y'all today? Sat, 26 Jan 2019 11:54:43 EST Are you a re-arranger? When's the last time you moved your furniture around? Cleaned the blinds? Washed the curtains? Do you change up the pictures in your home? <BR> <BR> Not only are doing these things (some with help) a way to be more active &amp; get in that "functional fitness" but sometimes getting a REFRESH is what you need to break out of other types of ruts. <BR> <BR> Even minor changes can help. Paint a wall. Get new towels for the kitchen or bathroom. Change your shower curtain. Wed, 16 Jan 2019 18:07:57 EST What's on Top of your Tree? Well, I don't have a tree up this year...but we generally have the pretty elongated tree toppers. <BR> <BR> When going thru my Grandma's things, I found her OLD one &amp; I can't wait to use it next year!!! Fri, 21 Dec 2018 12:29:47 EST *~*~*~GOALS FOR 2019~*~*~* OK 3 short weeks we will be in 2019. How much did you accomplish in 2018? I don't mean simply in the category of weight loss either. Did you grow personally? Professionally? Spiritually? Did you start a business? End one? Become a homeowner? Build your family? Become an empty nester. ALL of these are significant life events &amp; with those different events (and all the other ones I didn't name) come planning. Either a plan before or a plan after in order to sort thru the events.... Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:39:27 EST Question of the Day 11.13.18 What's on YOUR Christmas list? One item. Big or small. Just ONE. Not the whole list. Just ONE item. <BR> <BR> Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:49:13 EST Question of the Day 11.6.18 What is your idea of a perfect day off from work? Tue, 6 Nov 2018 11:49:13 EST Question of the Day (QotD) 11.1.18 Do you set actual weight loss goals? <BR> <BR> Like do you say...I want to lose 10 pounds in 2 months? Do you think setting those goals give you something concrete to shoot for &amp; make you work harder or do you think setting goals makes it harder &amp; if you don't hit them contribute to feelings of failure? <BR> <BR> Has your stance on goal setting changed drastically? Have you gone from one side completely over to the other side? Thu, 1 Nov 2018 12:38:23 EST Goals for November 2018 Here in the Northern Hemisphere, November means cooler (sometimes COLD) temperatures, it gets dark earlier, comfort food becomes more appealing, etc. So often it helps to get your HEAD in the right place so your body will follow. In that spirit...what are your goals for November? <BR> <BR> Mine are... <BR> 1. Zumba at least 6 times (8 possible classes). <BR> 2. Go to the Gym at least twice (baby steps!!!) <BR> 3. Make at least one crock pot meal &amp; make sure it's eaten <BR> 4. 20 days wi... Tue, 30 Oct 2018 13:34:41 EST Goals for October 2018 OK Girlies...Goals are like a roadmap. They are guidelines. You might remember I'm a fan of SMART goals. In case you don't know what they's a quick break down. This isn't Mo's page tho. Your goals are your goals &amp; they are fine no matter how you have them. But at some point you have to go beyond the basic idea of "I want to lose weight". At the very least, you need to know how much &amp; how... <BR> <BR> SMART= <BR> S...Specific...what do you want to achieve? <BR> M...Meaning... Wed, 3 Oct 2018 14:02:05 EST Question of the Day (QotD) 10.3.18 Where is your ultimate travel destination? Where would you go if money was no object? <BR> <BR> Bali for me Girlies!!! And oddly enough...I am NOT a beach person!!! Wed, 3 Oct 2018 13:54:44 EST Starting over, Again. Hi, fellow Sparkies! My name is Kris. At my highest weight I was 286, now I'm at 250. My ultimate goal is to be somewhere between 165 - 175. I'm a recovering emotional eater, boredom eater, and binge eater. I have turned to writing or journaling instead of reaching for food all the time. I am trying to regain my focus and determination to get back on track and start taking back control of my weight and most importantly my health. I deleted my old account and created a new one in attempts to c... Wed, 5 Sep 2018 09:12:33 EST Goals for September 2018 Now that the weather is changing (at least in Alberta it has become fall so early!! <em>24</em> it is time to look at some fall goals <BR> <BR> 1. complete 25 days of my 100 days of pushups (starting again Sept 5) <BR> 2. stick on my budget to catch up on bills, NO extra spending on movie nights or clothes <BR> 3. get to the pool 5-10 times <BR> 4. Clean out the garage and the shed for winter <BR> 5. spend at least 3 hours (probably 1 hour each Sunday) cross stitching. Want to complete t... Tue, 4 Sep 2018 11:39:25 EST Goals for July 2018 I SUCK at goals. To that end...I'm re-setting my JUNE goals as JULY goals!! <BR> <BR> Here are mine for July: <BR> *DO MY BEST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 8 WEEK SUMMER CHALLENGE* <BR> 1. Drink coffee from home <BR> 2. Walk daily increasing the distance <BR> 3. LR 30 minutes of decluttering daily <BR> 4. DR 15 minutes of decluttering daily <BR> 5. AT least 15 days with at least 5000 steps <BR> 6. Goal weight 7.31.18 = 279 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 10:11:31 EST Goals for June 2018 OK Girlies. Set some goals. Set A single goal. But give yourself something to work toward...something to accomplish...a measuring stick. <BR> <BR> Here are mine for June: <BR> 1. Drink coffee from home <BR> 2. Walk daily increasing the distance <BR> 3. LR 30 minutes of decluttering daily <BR> 4. DR 15 minutes of decluttering daily <BR> 5. AT least 15 days with at least 5000 steps <BR> 6. Goal weight 6.30.18 = 279 Wed, 30 May 2018 09:59:02 EST Goals for May 2018 OK Girlies. Drop in. Make a declaration. Set your intention. <BR> <BR> @JLDACQ @AMAOLIVIA @GRANDMABEAST63 @GINGERKID86 @ALLMYMISTAKES @GEAUXSAMGEAUX16 @VICKYMARIEC @K-RAE82 <BR> <BR> Goals for MAY: <BR> 1. Get out of the 290s AGAIN <BR> 2. Get under or at 285 (I HATE that 2 are about weight!!!) <BR> 3. Get at least 15 days over 5000 steps <BR> 4. Mon, 7 May 2018 14:50:47 EST QotD--5.7.18 DC or Marvel? This seems to be a very timely question. Growing up I was decidedly DC. But I have to admit I like them both now! <em>530</em> Mon, 7 May 2018 13:59:26 EST QotD 4.24.18~ Favorite Place Do you have a favorite place? It can be generic like the beach or in the mountains. Or it can be NYC or at your grandmother's house. But share with us your favorite place. <BR> <BR> I haven't been there in about 15 years, but my favorite place is still Chicago. I love the feel &amp; the pace of a city!!! Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:49:29 EST QotD--4.16.1 18--Favorite Color(s) What is (are) your favorite color (s)? Why? Does it change as you get older or has your favorite stayed the same after all these years? Please share! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:51:32 EST Diet Bet/Step Bet/Achiev ement/Even Walgreen's Hey Girles--There's an OLD song from my youth in the 80s with the line that says "Get your money for nothing..." The question I'm about to ask isn't getting money for "nothing" but it IS about getting money for doing stuff you are doing anyway. <BR> <BR> Is anyone using any of the above (OR OTHER) platforms to benefit their lives in a positive manner by getting financially rewarded for losing weight? I have my FitBit tied into my Walgreen's app &amp; I also have my FitBit tied into Achievem... Mon, 2 Apr 2018 14:30:37 EST Goals for April 2018 OK...does anyone have any goals they would like to share? @GRANDMABEAST63 @AMAOLIVIA @JLDACQ @GINGERKID86 @SYLVIEGIRL @EVERYONE!!! <BR> <BR> My goal for April is 290 to 280. <BR> <BR> How will I get there? <BR> 1. Increased walks <BR> 2. Get back to Zumba <BR> 3. More water <BR> 4. Less SB <BR> 5. Meal planning <BR> 6. Fruits &amp; vegies on my meal planner FIRST Fri, 30 Mar 2018 14:51:04 EST What I won't miss. What I won't miss when I lose the weight. <BR> <BR> 1. Being the heaviest person in the room sometimes. <BR> 2. The feeling that people are judging me. <BR> 3. The lack of confidence in myself. <BR> 4. Not being able to find nice, reasonably priced outfits that look good on me. <BR> 5. Not going to things because I hate the way I look. <BR> 6. Hiding from cameras. <BR> 7. Feeling self-conscious eating in public because I feel as if people are judging. ( Similar to #2, but different). <BR... Sat, 17 Mar 2018 19:46:36 EST Quick Reads 3.13.18 SUPER quick. SUPER easy. Things you might already be doing. And if not, easy enough to start!!! <BR> <link><BR>d-dietitian-meal-prep-weekend-tips?mbi<BR>d=nl_031218_Daily_Hero3&amp;utm_medium<BR>=dailyemail&amp;CNDID=46430195&amp;spM<BR>ailingID=13104390&amp;spUserID=MTgxNTk<BR>xNjc0OTcxS0&amp;spJobID=1361145528&amp<BR>;spReportId=MTM2MTE0NTUyOAS2 </link> <BR> <BR> You don't have to follow any of these ingredient by ingredient but I thought they might... Tue, 13 Mar 2018 14:33:27 EST Goals for March 2018 Hey Girlies--It's that time again. It's the start of a NEW month. Spring is coming &amp; right behind that Summer. In some of our regions, there is no true dividing line. So give yourself 3 goals for March. And share &amp; inspire the rest of us! <BR> <BR> 1. Zumba twice a week for all 4 weeks <BR> 2. Get to the gym at least once a week all 4 weeks. <BR> 3. Get 3 scholarship applications completed &amp; submitted. Thu, 1 Mar 2018 10:32:00 EST Eating Fresh & Local So how many of you garden? How big/extensive is your garden? What do you find easiest to grow? Hardest? Where do you live? What is your growing season? How is your climate &amp; soil? Do you have raised beds? Do you just use the sides of your yard? Do you use pots in an urban area? <BR> <BR> Have you ever done a CSA (community supported agriculture)? Where you purchase a "share" from a farm or a portion of a "share" &amp; you get whatever is currently being grown on a weekly basis. <BR> <... Tue, 6 Feb 2018 13:41:29 EST QotD 2.2.18 Fave Song What's your favorite song right now...maybe not your favorite of all time...but your GO TO for getting yourself moving these days! Fri, 2 Feb 2018 10:34:36 EST QotD--Last Book You Read 1.25.18 I read the latest Darynda Jones book...12th something grave something. <em>246</em> Thu, 25 Jan 2018 11:32:56 EST SPARK Article...Read & Discuss 1.24.18 The article is called Where to Start if you have 100+ Pounds to Lose. My viewpoint on this is that for a LOT of us, we aren't new to what we need to do or even the actual doing of it. It's just doing it consistently &amp; having success &amp; then keeping it off that is VERY difficult. (If it was easy everyone would be doing it--successfully!) <BR> <BR> That being said, this is a GOOD article for taking us back to basics &amp; giving us building blocks on which to build our successes. <lin... Wed, 24 Jan 2018 12:49:01 EST Read & absorb!!! 1-23-18 OK this is new &amp; exciting information. Tell me what you think... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ose-weight/?otm_medium=onespot&amp;otm<BR>_source=inbox&amp;otm_campaign=2x2+-+M<BR>FP+App+Anniversary+%2F%2F+Welcome+%2F%<BR>2F+Log+Streak&amp;otm_content=MFP_Anni<BR>versary_OS_2x2&amp;otm_click_id=5d944e<BR>0c7e4f06af1fbff5f7acedbc01&amp;medium=<BR>auto_email&amp;utm_campaign=MFP_Annive<BR>rsary_OS_2x2_onespot&amp;utm_source=mf<BR>p&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;... Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:28:29 EST Quick Read & Discuss Are you already doing some of these? None of these articles are meant to be the gospel truth. They are just a hope that they can help you or teach you or lead you to new ways of thinking or doing things. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>pes/cooking-tips-techniques/meal-prep-<BR>tricks?xid=dailyrecnews-01-22-2018&amp<BR>;;utm_med<BR>ium=email&amp;utm_campaign=daily-recip<BR>e&amp;utm_content=2018012205AM </link> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:36:18 EST Watch & Discuss 1.22.18 True Confession: I LOVE Ted Talks!!! There is so much wisdom out there to be gleaned from other folks. Brene Brown is my current ABSOLUTE favorite. However, I ran across this one &amp; I am completely intrigued. It's 14 minutes long. <BR> <link><BR>etis_why_some_people_find_exercise_har<BR>der_than_others </link> <BR> <BR> Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:18:56 EST Read & discuss 1-16-18 These places ARE in the US...but I don't see an exclusion clause that the person visiting would have to be American. LOL! Visit National Parks. Show the current ruling party that the natural world is of use &amp; important to people!!! And on 3 more days this year, you can do it for FREE!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-visit-the-national-parks-for-free-thi<BR>s-year </link> Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:53:47 EST Binge Watch Worthy's an actual term. Tell us something you HAVE binge watched, you ARE currently binge watching or is on your list TO be binge watched. And tell us your "WHY". <BR> <BR> On MY "to be" binge watched list is ALL of the Star Wars movies in order that they were released. My "why" is b/c I want to see the NEW ones but since I haven't seen the ORIGINAL ones since the 80s (I'm guessing) I don't really remember!!! Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:25:09 EST Read & discuss 1-11-18 Another fun article today. Also known as another chance for me to push YOGA! Our cortisol levels are keeping us fat &amp; by default killing us!!! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>-eat/5-ways-boost-immunity-winter/?utm<BR>_medium=email </link> <BR> <BR> Also...does anyone do PROBIOTICS on a regular basis??? Inquiring minds! Thu, 11 Jan 2018 18:10:23 EST Read & discuss 1-10-18 Hey Girlies--Here's another brief article (although the ads make me CRAZY!) that I thought had GOOD STUFF!!! <link><BR>healthy-habits/things-that-kill-your-m<BR>etabolism?iid=newsletter-ck-011018&amp<BR>;;utm_m<BR>edium=%20email&amp;utm_campaign=daily&<BR>amp;utm_content=201801191PM </link> <BR> <BR> I am guilty of about 5 of these!!! OOPS!!! Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:59:09 EST Read & discuss 1-9-18 <link><BR>i-meal-prep-on-sunday-to-eat-healthy-a<BR>ll-week?mbid=nl_010918_Target&amp;CNDI<BR>D=46430195&amp;spMailingID=12707948&am<BR>p;spUserID=MTgxNTkxNjc0OTcxS0&amp;spJo<BR>bID=1320730012&amp;spReportId=MTMyMDczMDAxMgS2 </link> <BR> <BR> MEAL PREP IDEAS. <BR> True Confession: I poo-poo-ed EVERY SINGLE IDEA she presents. And then I realized that I am my own darn problem!!! She isn't perfect. She says that in the article. She says she writes about m... Tue, 9 Jan 2018 11:42:06 EST QotD 1-8-18 When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Mon, 8 Jan 2018 17:29:40 EST Question of the Day 1-5-18 If time &amp; money weren't an issue...where would you go??? Fri, 5 Jan 2018 17:07:13 EST Goals for 2018 I know there is still time left in 2017, but I am starting to put together my goals for 2018. <BR> <BR> I'm trying to make sure my goals are reasonable and attainable. <BR> <BR> And I want to make sure I have some mini goals so I can work toward some small victories while I build toward my big overall goal. <BR> <BR> My friend bought me a build your own planner so I am working to make it into a weight loss planner. I'm looking for ideas if anyone is currently using a planner or knows of s... Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:15:17 EST There's Still Time--Goals for 2017 Hey Girlies--I want to remind you that this is a safe place &amp; you can say anything you want to say here &amp; you won't be judged or told to do something differently or a "better" way or how to do it better. This is YOUR journey &amp; you get to decide what's right for you &amp; how to get from HERE to THERE. <BR> <BR> We have 3 &amp; 1/2 months left in 2017...give yourself a PAUSE. And then let us know what goals you have for yourself for the rest of this year. This does NOT have to be... Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:03:29 EST Recipes Ladies! <BR> <BR> I'm looking for good recipes. I know you all have your favorite 'go to' recipes so I am asking for links if you feel like sharing! <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:29:17 EST One New Thing About YOU!!! Good Morning Girlies~~In an effort to get to know each other better...I'd LOVE for daily you to put up just ONE new fact about you. And it can be ANYTHING. It can be...where you many times you've been many kids you have...your shoe size...the start of SHARK week...the start of menopause...last day of chemo. WHATEVER. <BR> <BR> Please just be honest &amp; don't make us panic! Tue, 1 Aug 2017 10:01:42 EST . . Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:46:38 EST CHALLENGES! Would ANY of you like to do a team challenge for MAY? Arm challenge? Plank challenge? Walking challenge? And will you COMMMIT to checking in &amp; posting about your experience??? Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:01:38 EST ~*~*~Move Your Fanny~*~*~ NEW CHALLENGE!!! <BR> <BR> Post an emoticon or a short word / blurb about what fitness you did today. This should be INTENTIONAL exercise. So if you laced up your shoes &amp; went for a 5, 10, 15, minute walk...YES! If you lifted weights for 30 minutes. If you swam for an hour. If you did Zumba or some other program. If you walked with Leslie. <BR> <BR> OK You get the idea...make it simple. Help the other Girlies get moving too!!! INSPIRE!!! Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:43:07 EST HELLO Hi Everyone <BR> <BR> My name is Vicki and I want to get back on track. I have fallen far of the wagon and need to gain control. I want to be able to go for walks without resting, play with my grandson and travel more with my husband. I look forward to getting to know more of you. I live in Ontario Canada. Wed, 5 Apr 2017 09:03:54 EST *~*~January Fitness Tracker~*~* Baby it's COLDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD outside!!! But in order to fight this fight &amp; ultimately WIN this battle, we still have to include fitness. For most of us, we need to move our bodies every single day in SOME way. <BR> <BR> So...I'll create a template &amp; YOU can put in as much or as little information as you want. If on January 3rd, you did a Leslie video (LOVE her!!!) you can put in Leslie Video. You can also put in <em>248</em> . If you really want to keep track you can put in ALL o... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 12:15:12 EST *~*~*November Step tracker*~*~* Copy &amp; Paste as a Template &amp; Track your steps for November. <BR> <BR> My November Goal is (# of steps OR distance): <BR> <BR> Nov 1 <BR> Nov 2 <BR> Nov 3 <BR> Nov 4 <BR> Nov 5 <BR> Weekly Total <BR> <BR> Nov 6 <BR> Nov 7 <BR> Nov 8 <BR> Nov 9 <BR> Nov 10 <BR> Nov 11 <BR> Nov 12 <BR> Weekly total <BR> <BR> Nov 13 <BR> Nov 14 <BR> Nov 15 <BR> Nov 16 <BR> Nov 17 <BR> Nov 18 <BR> Nov 19 <BR> Weekly total <BR> <BR> Nov 20 <BR> Nov 21 <BR> Nov 22 <BR> Nov 23 <BR> Nov 24 <BR> Nov 25 <BR... Wed, 2 Nov 2016 12:16:44 EST Name a Song, Old or New and Artist Jump / Van Halen Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:58:23 EST *~*~October Step Tracker~*~* Hey Girlies--I know this team is not geared specifically toward walking, but for those of you who would like to participate &amp; who feel this would be helpful, let's track our steps for the month of October &amp; let's just see how we do. A little healthy friendly inspiration!!! <BR> <BR> Goals for October: <BR> <BR> Week 1 <BR> 10-1 <BR> 10-2 <BR> 10-3 <BR> 10-4 <BR> 10-5 <BR> 10-6 <BR> 10-7 <BR> Week Total: <BR> <BR> Week 2 <BR> 10-8 <BR> 10-9 <BR> 10-10 <BR> 10-11 <BR> 10-12 <BR> 10-... Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:50:51 EST New gal on the block - Hi everyone :) <BR> <BR> Thought I'd post a lil' introduction of myself for you all. <BR> I joined this team some time ago, but my participation on SparkPeople pretty much dwindled after that.. So, newly back to SparkPeople &amp; definitely new to this team and to you all! <BR> <BR> I'm sylvie, originally from Canada, but moved to Virginia USA with my love 3 years ago. <BR> I am bulimic, diagnosed at the age of 9, and have gone between that and BED consistently. <BR> I am currently 306 lbs... Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:10:11 EST Pokemon Go I downloaded and played one day. I thought about taking my iphone and playing when walking but I decided to watch where I was going and concentrate on strength building. <em>252</em> Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:18:13 EST WII Hi all. <BR> l don't have the budget right now for a gym, but l have an old WII. l know just moving will help, but do you think there is real benefit in using the WII for exercise? Sat, 25 Jun 2016 23:20:10 EST ~!~! 3 Things for Joy for Today !~!~! Please list 3 things that you can be happy about TODAY!!! Please remember that your happiness is NOT scale dependent!!! <BR> <BR> Today I am happy for... <BR> 1. Thunderstorms <BR> 2. Being able to complete my education <BR> 3. Soreness from exercise Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:36:26 EST Searching for a SparkBuddy Anyone interested in daily or every other day check in's? I find some days I am on top of things, others I struggle. I think if I had a Spark Buddy or Accountability partner it might help me stay focused a bit! <BR> <BR> Background info on me....I once weighed in at 286 and currently 240. It's hard work but seeing it paying off helps! My ultimate hope is to come off my blood pressure medicine ;) I still have around 70 ish pounds to go to be where I want to be. Thu, 2 Jun 2016 12:22:57 EST Looking for friend for Shape Up Challenge <link><BR>ndividual.asp?gid=66660 </link> <BR> <BR> If you're looking for exercise support there's a 30 day challenge with different ways to get more movement into our lives. I love to have you join me for daily check ins and mutual support. Wed, 1 Jun 2016 12:40:56 EST ~*~*~*NEW Stuff*~*~*~ OK...we all hear about STUFF. And it's NEW. It might be new to us or new research or it might be the latest &amp; greatest thing to hit "weight loss/healthy living" since let's talk about it. Let's share. Let's use our collective wisdom &amp; talk about what we're learning or have learned. I'm sure FUNFITFREEDOM has a lot to share. I'm also sure that PROMISE could share much of what she has learned about not letting her body limit her. And both Josee &amp; Jo can share what they h... Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:05:28 EST Water challenge! Anyone want to join me in a water challenge? It'll help me remember to keep count and to actually drink all my water. Post here your goal amount of water for the day and the come back and update how you are doing. You can update periodically throughout the day or once when you reach your goal. It's up to you. Let's make this fun! Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:49:11 EST Pedometer? Who here wears a pedometer? How many steps a day do you aim for? What do you do to get them in? <BR> <BR> Years ago I reached 10,000 steps a day. Then we moved...ever since I struggle to get in 5,000 steps a day. Right now I'm typing this while pacing around the house. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:49:55 EST Out of control hunger I normally do not have much of an appetite, in fact I normally never even come close to meeting my daily calorie allowance. However, Wednesday I went over my calories by 200 calories. Thursday I went over my calorie allowance by over 500 calories. Today I was at the end of the high range of my calorie allowance. I'm consuming mostly healthy foods but I'm craving carbs like fruit, and whole grains, and dark chocolate.I have gained 4-5 pounds just this week. My hunger is intense and isn't being... Sat, 9 Apr 2016 00:19:43 EST Getting to Know you Questionaire April 2016 I don't think there is any more information I can put out there about me...but I realize we are getting new members all the time. So let's do this just for fun &amp; see if we can learn new things about each other!!! <BR> <BR> Copyright © 2013 The Game Gal | <BR> <BR> Please hit respond &amp; then copy and paste with your answers! <BR> <BR> What is your name? <BR> <BR> Where are you from? <BR> <BR> 1. What is your least favorite household chore? <BR> <BR> 2. Do ... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 10:27:31 EST Food Accountability Post We are going to TRY this. We shall see how it works. If nothing else, maybe we all get some ideas. Post your food. You can do one post &amp; edit it thru the day or you can do multiple posts. And we don't need the measurements...1/4 cup of this &amp; 2 tablespoons of that. For's mine for today... <BR> <BR> Fri Mar 4th... <BR> Breakfast <BR> Fiber One Bar <BR> Banana <BR> Coffee with Creamer <BR> <BR> Lunch <BR> Pretzels <BR> Ham &amp; Cheese sandwich on jalapeno cheddar bread... Fri, 4 Mar 2016 13:00:06 EST Good plus-sized exercise resources <link><BR>-mobility.asp </link> Coach Jen posted this on a different thread and I wanted to share it here. I like the articles videos a lot. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 13:48:26 EST February 2016...what is YOUR fitness routine? OK...I have got to do something. I am in a RUT RUT RUTTTTTTTTTTT!!! The scale isn't moving &amp; I'm not feeling any better. All that being said...I want to know what YOUR fitness routine is right now. And as it changes...I want to know that too. <BR> <BR> Currently my fitness routine is MW&amp;F I do deep water aerobics. I know this class makes me stronger &amp; keeps my joints as moveable as they can be. But I need to add something. I am currently at 16,126 fitness minutes. I want to hit ... Mon, 1 Feb 2016 12:49:04 EST ~@#~@#~@# Song of the DAY #@~#@~#@~ an effort to get more fitness &amp; more steps into our lives...I'm posting a song of the day. Your portion is to get up &amp; MOVE the entire time the song is on. You can dance. You can walk. You can march. You can sway back &amp; forth. You can do push ups if you want. LOL! Just get up &amp; move for ONE song per day... <BR> <BR> And today's song is... <BR> <link><BR>YbXqDm0 </link> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 11:24:17 EST HARD Questions OK Girlies...I know that sometimes you can't talk to your spouse/partner about something and you don't have a therapist. I'm hoping that you can feel safe &amp; trust in our group dynamic enough to post your HARD questions here. Here's my first one... <BR> <BR> Has anyone attended an OA (Overeater's Anonymous) meeting? Did it help? Was it a trigger? Do you still attend? How about TOPS (Take off pounds sensibly)... Mon, 18 Jan 2016 12:35:03 EST Valentine's Day 2016 Challenge <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <em>129</em> <BR> <BR> Basically 6 weeks between Monday January 4th &amp; Sunday February 14th. Let's uplift &amp; support each other in losing the greatest percentage of weight. <BR> <BR> Please do a weigh in on the weigh in thread by Midnight Monday January 4th &amp; every Monday thereafter. (Sorry if that isn't your normal weigh in day...I can't accommodate everyone!) <BR> <BR> WEEK 1 CHALLENGE <BR> <BR> 1. Drink 64 oz of water per da... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 22:18:19 EST 10 Tips for Starting a Wellness Program TODAY Just in time for the new year. This will give you some pointers on items to focus on. We get 2 per day leading in to the NEW YEAR... <BR> <BR> 1. Write out your goals and desires. What’s your wellness vision? Where do you envision yourself three to five years from now? Set three-month and weekly goals based on your wellness vision. Goals should be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Action-based, Realistic and Time-oriented. <BR> <BR> 2. Ask what, when and how. Make a list of the hurdles that keep... Tue, 29 Dec 2015 11:13:35 EST Valentine's Day 2016 Challenge / SUPPORT THREAD OK Girlies...There is approximately 6 weeks between New Year's Day &amp; Valentine's Day! Let's do a CHALLENGE to see if we can motivate ourselves &amp; each other. So throw me out some ideas &amp; we are going to run with this. <BR> <BR> FIRST of weekly weigh ins will be Sunday Jan ready!!! <BR> <BR> Now...give me ideas...GO! Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:51:34 EST @~~@~~@~ December 2015 Goals @~~@~~@~~ <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>446</em> <em>447</em> <em>500</em> <em>499</em> <em>425</em> <em>444</em> <em>442</em> <em>443</em> <BR> <BR> OK Girlies...what are your DECEMBER 2015 Goals? They don't have to be BIG. They don't have to be HUGE. But you have to have goals. I have spoken. LOL! I've decided that I am doing a Turkey Trot next Thanksgiving. I don't care if I go alone or if all of my children go with me...but *I* am doing a Turkey Trot. So there! <BR> ... Sat, 28 Nov 2015 14:03:45 EST *~*~*~November 2015 GOALS~*~*~* SMART Goals...remember... <BR> S...SPECIFIC <BR> M...Measurable <BR> A...Action Oriented (What steps will you take to achieve this goal?) <BR> R...Realistic (I will weigh 150 by the end of November is NOT realistic for Mo!!!) <BR> T...Timely...Give yourself a time line to achieve this goal. Mon, 2 Nov 2015 11:40:16 EST ~!~!~!~Goal s...October 2015~!~!~! Keeping your goals in front of you is a GREAT way of helping you achieve them. Having SMART goals is also really important. SMART is an acronym for the following... <BR> <BR> Specific...What do you want to achieve? <BR> Meaningful...Why is this goal important to you? OR <BR> Measurable...You have to have some measurable way of determining your success <BR> Action Oriented...What steps will you take to achieve your goal? <BR> Realistic...Set yourself up for success by setting a goal that isn... Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:53:54 EST How Many Miles are on YOUR Walking Shoes??? OK Girlies--NEW ONE!!! <em>331</em> <em>68</em> <em>138</em> <BR> We're shooting for 100 Ladies...100 miles!!! <BR> <BR> Take a PICTURE!!! I know you are all out there taking selfies like there is NO tomorrow. Take a pic of your SHOES or you in your shoes. And post it HERE!!! And let's help each other keep track of how many miles are on our shoes. It's actually self care. Making sure your shoes aren't carrying too many miles ensures your feet don't hurt & you aren't setting yourse... Tue, 15 Sep 2015 11:41:10 EST My Challenge IS...Food Prep Hi My Name is Mo & when it comes to feeding myself or nourishing my body...I have some VERY mixed up messages in my head. I will stop & get a million calorie Starbuxx or a 6 pack of chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A, but actually take the time to prep things generally doesn't happen. The bad part is that b/c other people live in my house...there IS food in my house. It's not like I am Old Mother Hubbard with bare cupboards. Sigh. <BR> <BR> So I need to make PROGRESS here. Not perfection. I a... Thu, 10 Sep 2015 09:48:06 EST 30 days to more fruits & vegies SPARK must have known this was what I was going to push this month! Hahahaha! <BR> <BR> Here is the LINK...but just to give you bite size pieces...I will do them daily. <BR> <link><BR>r_2007-09.pdf </link> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:42:30 EST !~!~!~Fall 5% Challenge~!~!~! OK Ladies--I asked about a Challenge & I heard some YESES. So here we are. First we have to decide when Fall is & I am calling FALL to be Sept, Oct & Nov. Let's lose 5% of our total weight in this time. I am giving 3 months b/c I want this to be a happy, healthful approach, not a RACE to see who can lose the most in the shortest time. We didn't get fat overnight & we aren't going to get to our goals that way either. <BR> <BR> Sept starts on a Tuesday & November ends on a Monday so this is r... Mon, 31 Aug 2015 11:06:32 EST Newbie Hey Y'all! <BR> <BR> I'm a newbie to your wonderful team! My name is Kris, I'm 36 from NC. When I first started my journey a little over a year ago I was tipping the scales at 286. After getting on board and having my fair share of ups and downs I'm currently at 251. I can't wait to get to know you all and share in this journey together! Thu, 25 Jun 2015 15:01:56 EST Mindful Eating I posted a brief blog today about my struggles with mindful eating. This made me think of a board for Mindful eating. This will help me and I hope others, helpful tips to avoid Mindless/emotional eating. So ladies, please share motivation or tips to help learn how to eat mindful and to help avoid eating out of boredom or through emotions. Any tips or motivation are gratefully appreciated!! Sun, 10 May 2015 16:54:28 EST THOUGHTS?? So, I recently spoke with my cousin who is very fit and super healthy. Since I just recently started my journey towards a healthy lifestyle, she suggested I get my eating habits geared towards healthy before beginning an exercise program. She said to take six weeks to adjust my eating style so that my body can fully detox and adjust before working out intensely. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with jumping right in or waiting to exercise? Any thoughts or suggestions are GREAT... Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:41:27 EST APRIL Activity Ok Girlies...Spring is finally starting to come out from hiding for most of us. W can get outside without freezing to death. Our bodies are coming out of hibernation. Our bodies desire movement & freedom. So on this thread...I would LOVE if you would post either in word or simply with an emoticon, what WONDERFUL thing you did for your body today. Your sisters can see this & be encouraged that they can try NEW activities. They might be INSPIRED if they were feeing a bit down on that day. In th... Sat, 4 Apr 2015 14:05:25 EST Starting over Just thought I would stop by and say Hi! <em>213</em> Been a member of this group for a long time - just have not been active..... Trying to get back into a better routine and better habits! I have been feeling sorry for myself and making excuses as to why I am not eating healthy or exercising! I want to feel good about myself again! <BR> <BR> Mon, 9 Mar 2015 13:39:18 EST 300 pounds and Elliptical anyone? Anyone around 300 pounds use an elliptical? I see walmart has a heavy duty one for $199 with very good reviews. Are you having success? Breakage issues? How's it working for you? <BR> <BR> So far I have a recumbent exercise bike and a treadmill. Kinda getting bored. I would REALLY like to have a rowing machine those look fun for some strange reason. lol They are way out of my league though. Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:33 EST February is for Fitness I'm adding some NEW threads to the board. We need to kick some LIFE into this board. <BR> <BR> So...let's put our fitness minutes on the board per day. I wear a FitBit. It tells me my daily fitness minutes. I'm going to copy those directly in to a thread. You can do the same or if you do a 15 minute video or a 60 minute class, put your fitness minutes in a thread. Don't over-think it. (MY challenge! LOL!) <BR> <BR> You can challenge yourself. You can challenge your team mates (mentally or ... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 18:34:38 EST ANY & ALL Victories Bring them here! Post them here! Share them with us. Nothing is too small or too big. Nothing is inconsequential. If it's important to you & means something to means something to your team!!! <BR> <BR> Weight loss! Promotion at work! Engaged! Married! Divorced! New house! New clothes! New jewelry! New goal! Goal met! Book finished! Ran a 1K, a 3K, a 5K, a freaking MARATHON! Did Cross Fit for the 1st time. Tried a YOGA class. College graduation. Babies!!! Again...bring your successe... Mon, 2 Feb 2015 18:36:02 EST January Interesting Info / Support Forum I think the title is pretty silly...but I've said it about 300 times so maybe my mind is playing was a GOOD READ none-the-less... <BR> <BR><BR>ition_articles.asp?id=54 <BR> <BR> WATER INFO.. Fri, 2 Jan 2015 20:13:24 EST Make January COUNT! OK get to where we want to be we have to change some habits, attitudes & behaviors. We're going to start this month by keeping track of the things that can help us. You can count MORE things of course...but for the purpose of this challenge...let's COUNT our (1) glasses of water, (2) our fitness minutes & (3) our nightly hours of sleep. We will learn about ourselves & about others!!! <BR> <BR> <em>91</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <em>274</em> <BR> <BR> ... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:32:45 EST What do YOU need??? We are ALL different. We all have different wants, different needs, different motivations, different triggers. a perfect world, how could we BEST help support you. m on the east coast of the US...some folks are in Canada...some folks are on the west coast. We can't all be HERE in this space 24/ what would help you most when we are here? Does hearing of others' success boost you up. Do you need "challenges". Do you want to weigh in? Do you want contests or competitions? <BR> <B... Fri, 2 Jan 2015 19:16:49 EST October GOALS Challenge SUPPORT FORUM This is where we SHARE, make comments or suggestions, VENT, rage (in general, not AT anyone), help, support, cajole, encourage & otherwise TALK about goals. The good, the bad, and the UGLY, bring it here. It's all ok. <BR> <BR> So I'm not good at setting goals. This is going to be my first CONSCIOUS effort in a long time. I've posted them on Spark. I am going to write them in my calendar. AND I am going to put them somewhere at home where I will SEE them. I'm being honest with myself & with... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:44:31 EST October GOALS challenge OK...MO here! Mo who has periodically MADE goals & never learned to stick to them or achieve long lasting results or how to build off basic goals. Soooooooooo...that being said, I am going to make 2 goals in of them is health related & one of them is life related & I am going to get some things done & learn & grow from there... <BR> <BR> If you would, please share 1 or 2 of your goals for the month of October. You can have as many as you want, but so as not to overwhelm yoursel... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:39:41 EST The September Challenge!!! Is coming. Watch for it... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:53:53 EST Looking forward to.... What are you looking forward to when you reach your goal? <BR> <BR> Rollercoaster rides, comfortable flights, travelling, shopping in "regular" sizes... a few things I'm looking forward to. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 15:32:50 EST Starting over with my Lucky Charms <link><BR>ffen/media_set?set=a.10202948637769661<BR>.1073741838.1015016497&type=1 </link> <BR> <BR> Hello, from your most absent team leader. I am back and starting over with my healthy lifestyle goals. I had lost 45lbs with this team and since last August I have gained 50lb and 18inches around my waist. This week despite major water retention and bloating I have lost 5 inches and 10lbs. And gained two little lucky charms. <BR> <BR> On St Patrick's d... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:44:21 EST Buddies! 267 Days until my 30th. I've made it my goal date for the year. Hoping to lose as much as I can. End goal is Onederland, but I'd be happy with the low 2s! <BR> <BR> New to the Team, hoping to get some buddies for support, encouragement, motivation, etc. It's going to be a long bumpy ride! <BR> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:32:16 EST 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions True Confession: I find this calendar to be EXTREMELY well written & the ideas are both common sense and motivational in & of themselves. Check it out! <BR> <BR> Hmmmmmmmmmm...ok...that didn't you'll get a couple per day until I get caught up! <BR> <BR> January 1st...Happy New Year! If you haven't yet settled on your top goals for the year, do so today. Writing down your goals (in specific terms) means you are more likely to achieve them. <BR> <BR> <BR> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 10:09:22 EST January Challenge #2...the Guts There are MANY ways to get Spark points & some are easy & some are harder. 3 of the main ones are tracking your food intake, tracking your water & counting your fitness minutes. So let's be FUN (b/c we all need more FUN in our lives!!!) and give ourselves STARS <em>8</em> or smiley faces <em>334</em> or a thumb's up <em>250</em> when we hit our basic goals which will help us accomplish our ultimate goals!!! <BR> <BR> Did you...1.) track your food? 2.) track your water? 3.) track your ... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:32:52 EST January Challenge #1...Spark Points OK Girlies...I don't care how you do it....but let's see how many SPARK points you can rack up in a month! On your mark...set...GO! <BR> <BR> Start strong & finish stronger!!! <em>104</em> <BR> <BR> Jan 1.....9 <BR> Jan 2.....48 <BR> Jan 3...55 <BR> Jan 4...19 <BR> <BR> Total for week...131 <BR> <BR> Jan 5...48 <BR> 6th...89 <BR> 7th...47 <BR> 8th...120 <BR> 9th...47 <BR> 10th...22 <BR> 11th...57 <BR> Total points for week...430 <BR> Total points for month...561 <BR> <BR> Jan 12th...... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 09:25:38 EST Daily Burn Website I have been seeing all the commercials for Daily Burn. Has anyone tried this out?? I think I would really like having my own personal trainer in my living room for a very decent price. I like the variety & personalization. I like that they tell me this is what I should be doing now, I am not very good at figuring out what, where, & when needs worked out. I am almost positive I am going to check it out, but was looking for other opinions as well. <BR> <BR> Thanks in advance! <BR> <BR> <BR... Thu, 2 Jan 2014 05:52:56 EST Hi there! I am happy to be here. Hey everyone, I am Lisa, new to SparkPeople but not "dieting." But this time I feel different. I am not doing it to "look good" I am doing it to feel GREAT and I do. I am a walker, have been most of my life and even before I decided to get serious I was walking at least a mile 4 or 5 times a week. Today I walked 6 miles in 65 minutes...Not bad for someone weighing 274! I do have the problem of eating enough calories. I mean sure I can do what I have done in the past few months and have c... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 23:28:44 EST December tracker Monthly goal: 75 miles~~1500 fitness minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> December <BR> <BR> 1 0-0 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 <BR> Week 1 total: <BR> <BR> <BR> 8 <BR> 9 <BR> 10 <BR> 11 <BR> 12 <BR> 13 <BR> 14 <BR> Week 2 total: <BR> <BR> <BR> 15 <BR> 16 <BR> 17 <BR> 18 <BR> 19 <BR> 20 <BR> 21 <BR> Week 3 total: <BR> <BR> <BR> 22 <BR> 23 <BR> 24 <BR> 25 <BR> 26 <BR> 27 <BR> 28 <BR> Week 4 total: <BR> <BR> <BR> 29 <BR> 30 <BR> 31 <BR> <BR> Monthly total: Mon, 2 Dec 2013 15:50:13 EST Whats you favorite workout song? I either get caught up with my shows or I listen to my workout playlist. The song that gets me moving the most recently is Britney Spears- Work B!*$% Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:30:55 EST Gobbling Up POINTS Since so many seemed to enjoy last months challenge with points we are continuing this month. <BR> This month we will NOT focus on fitness, or nutrition, or motivation. Our focus this month is just to get points. <BR> Set a daily point goal for yourself. By doing FITNESS, you can earn you up to 24 points. By tracking your NUTRITION each day, you can earn up to 15 points. .Help MOTIVATE your spark buddies by posting comments on their blogs for additional points each day. To help motivate you... Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:22:34 EST GET the POINT??!! This month we will NOT focus on fitness, or nutrition, or motivation. Our focus this month is just to get points. When I first started on Spark (back when I was most successful) my goal each day was to get 100 points. In order to do that, if the wheel was not kind to me, I'd have to get in fitness to reach my daily point goal. SO.... <BR> Set a daily point goal for yourself. By doing FITNESS, you can earn you up to 24 points. By tracking your NUTRITION each day, you can earn up to 15 poi... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 11:22:10 EST Is there anyone from the San Jose, Ca area? Hiya! I'm hoping to find someone (or some people) from the South Bay area, Fremont, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Campbell, etc. I would love to start having a get together to encourage each other and maybe even to form an exercise group. <BR> <BR> Reply here or SparkMail me so we can set something up! :) Fri, 13 Sep 2013 23:24:40 EST Zumba!!!! Love it!!! Just a heads up for anyone thinking about trying a zumba class...DO IT!!!!! I am over 300lbs and was terrified about trying zumba. It is an AMAZING workout. The class atmosphere is awesome. One full hour of cardio with no distractions. I've been going for months now and my stomach muscles,though not yet visible, are amazing :) Am I the biggest person in class? Sometimes, but I do enjoy the people who are new to class looking at me like "if she can do it, I sure can," and I keep up with every... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 20:46:47 EST Where did everyone go? Just joined this group! Hello all! Just joined this group, looked like a fun group to be a part of but not many new posts. My name is Tina I am turning 45 in 2 weeks. I've been fostering (temporarily housing) nearly 75 lbs since moving to the south. Too many changes, too hot, lack of interested friends has led me my heaviest. I can't even paint my own toes at 273 lbs. there I said it for the first time, I am nearly to an extender on the plane seats. <BR> <BR> My career is primarily saturated with men, which makes... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 11:20:02 EST Back to School challenge September = Back to School <BR> <BR> Time to "school" ourselves again, and get our butts back on track after the "relaxing" summer months. <BR> This month we are going to focus on fitness, nutrition AND motivation. Pick one thing in each category that you are going to do each day. Will your fitness be walking everyday or setting a minute goal for the week with a daily minimum? How about your nutrition goals? Are you at a place that getting in your 8 glasses a water a day is a challenge for... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:06:12 EST Goals Reached - Stepping down as team leader Hey Ladies, Please keep this only to this post. I have a few Real Life friends on Spark people. <BR> <BR> This last week I reached several goals and the result is going to mean me stepping down as a team leader and taking a year off from Ditching those extra 55 lbs I have left. <BR> <BR> So you all know I made it under 200 last week <BR> And the following day I took a test and learned that we are expecting a third child April 2nd 2014! <BR> <BR> So excited I waited until today because I g... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:31:23 EST body shaming! girls read this :) As I was reading this, I felt like I was reading my own thoughts... Like this woman has set up camp in my very own brain to scavenge for writing material. It was nuts. She talks about our nutzo media, loving your body, and gives a realistic look at losing 100+ pounds. Its gorgeous, but not what you think. ( and not what I thought either for the longest time!) <BR> <BR><BR>nd-the-secret-to-effective-weight-loss/ <BR> <BR> I am learning to love my bo... Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:25:29 EST KCMO Anyone? While I am happy to receive inspiration from all over the world, I was wondering if anyone in this group reside in the Kansas City area and looking to work out together. My building has a gym, so we could do that; or maybe even go walking when the weather permits. Fell free to message me. <BR> <BR> Best of luck as we go on this journey! Thu, 6 Jun 2013 16:53:02 EST Personal Challenges <BR> 1. Fitness:Walk 4 days a week <BR> 2. Nutrition: Wipe out artificial sugars <BR> 3. Motivation: Read a success story once a week <BR> <BR> <BR> 1: <BR> 2: <BR> 3: <BR> 4: walked 3.2 miles <em>213</em> <BR> 5: <BR> 6: <BR> 7: <BR> 8: <BR> 9: <BR> <BR> 10: <BR> 11: <BR> 12: <BR> 13: <BR> 14: <BR> 15: <BR> 16: <BR> <BR> 17: <BR> 18: <BR> 19: <BR> 20: <BR> 21: <BR> 22: <BR> 23: <BR> <BR> 24: <BR> 25: <BR> 26: <BR> 27: <BR> 28: <BR> 29: <BR> 30: <BR> Wed, 5 Jun 2013 08:33:48 EST June support thread This is a special post specifically for the June challenge. If you have a success you want to share, are struggling to meet your June goals, or just want to comment about how it's going for the month, here is you spot to share. Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:54:07 EST June Tracker June Goal <BR> <BR> <BR> 1 <BR> 2 <BR> 3 <BR> 4 <BR> 5 <BR> 6 <BR> 7 <BR> 8 <BR> Weekly total: <BR> <BR> 9 <BR> 10 <BR> 11 <BR> 12 <BR> 13 <BR> 14 <BR> 15 <BR> Weekly total: <BR> <BR> 16 <BR> 17 <BR> 18 <BR> 19 <BR> 20 <BR> 21 <BR> 22 <BR> Weekly total: <BR> <BR> 23 <BR> 24 <BR> 25 <BR> 26 <BR> 27 <BR> 28 <BR> 29 <BR> 30 <BR> <BR> Monthly total: Sat, 1 Jun 2013 09:46:37 EST Jump into June Jumping into June. Summer is weeks away, are you ready? <em>344</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> This month we are going to get ready by focusing on fitness, nutrition AND motivation. You get to pick what you are going to do. Will your fitness be walking everyday or setting a minute goal for the week with a daily minimum? How about your nutrition goals? Are you at a place that getting in your 8 glasses of water a day is a challenge, or are you ready to start tracking something new like sodium. May... Fri, 31 May 2013 17:39:00 EST hello, new to spark people community hi my name is Tammy and I am new here. I have joined a few teams and challenges to get to know the other members and also lose weight. I am very obese. I weigh about 328. My weight discourages me and also I have medical related issues regarding my weight and all my Doctors can tell me is I got to lose weight. That is a downer. Obesity runs in my family so its going to be difficult to lose weight. I am looking for a buddy or someone that I can converse with on a regular basis of my progre... Thu, 30 May 2013 15:29:36 EST Going beyond dipping my toe in Hi, I'm Janet 51 year old single woman. I have traveled a lot in my life and even lived in Russia for several years. I am now spinning my wheels in the corporate world. I teach an aqua boot camp class several times a week which I love. Getting paid (even a little) to work our and challenge others! I can be outgoing when I want to, but am really a closet introvert. I find it difficult to express my feelings and writing this stuff is really a step outside my comfort zone, but I'm taking t... Thu, 23 May 2013 22:11:05 EST Ideal Protein Has anyone ever heard of Ideal Protein? Has anyone ever tried it? Mon, 13 May 2013 08:19:00 EST Circuit Challenge Hey all, We haven't had a team mini Challenge it a While. Sorry I have been so busy with other commitments. <BR> I am in slimmer by summer Competition on Face Book with some local gals. This weeks challenge I would like to extend to you. Its to do a workout Circuit 3-5 times this Week. <BR> I understand some of these maybe out of your fitness level so modify of do half of the amounts. Would love to have you join me. All you need to do is to do the following exercises and check in on the days... Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:29:40 EST Accountability partner Hi all, <BR> An acquaintance of mine recently asked me to be her accountability partner. I said yes but I'm not quite sure what all it entails. I'm planning to have a conversation with her regarding her specific needs.My question...if you have one, or have been one to someone, what exactly do you do with/for them? Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:31:59 EST Anyone Up for a Challege I am not hosting one for until after April 14th. I like doing them but it is better when I can put in some time to hosting one. I am my daughter troop cookie manager and that gives me plenty that I need to be doing, then its spring break, easter, a family wedding and my daughters birthday. <BR> I really don't need one more thing on my plate. <BR> <BR> However if anyone else is interested in hosting a challenge. I can participate and send out any team e-mails <BR> <BR> Best of luck on meeti... Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:12:44 EST Running/ exercise question for losers The good kind of losers that is! <BR> <BR> Is it possible to go from absolutely hating running to loving it? So many inspiring 100+ weight losers get there from running, many of them training for marathons. I HATE HATE HATE running. I don't know if that can change. I'm also worried that my current weight will hurt my already iffy knees if I start running regularly. <BR> <BR> I actually have multiple questions: Did you go from hating to loving running? What do you love about it? ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:20:10 EST Triple Hearts Challenge OK here is a challenge for all those who have been tracking your fitness minutes. <BR> But if you haven't been then go back and try to update your minutes the best you can. <BR> The Goal is simple as we are a little over a third of the way from the end of the month. <BR> Look at your Fitness minutes for the month so far. Post it on this challenge. Post again when you have doubled those minutes. Post a third time (on the 28th or Before) When you have tripled it. <BR> <BR> If you had low min... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:49:37 EST WEEK 3 Nutrition Update Results coming this week. Time to Eat healthy, Goals for this week <BR> 1. Make a Meal Plan and Stick with it <BR> 2. Track your food <BR> 3. Try to fit in at least 3 servings of Fruits or Veggies <BR> 4. Only eat when hungry, Eat slowly and stop when full <BR> <BR> 2/4 <BR> Plan Working on it , <BR> Track Way over but yes, <BR> Fruits/Veg 4 <BR> Eat when hungry/not over eating NO Traffic did that in. <BR> 2/5 <BR> Plan yes <BR> Track in Range <BR> Fruits/Veg no <BR> Potlucks are bad Eat when hungry/not over eat... Mon, 4 Feb 2013 10:01:08 EST A way to burn it OK ladies for many of us just finding time and energy to get in Fitness. So I invite you to do creative things to get you to get in a bit more activity here and there. <BR> <BR> Parking matters, Park further away from the store get in a few extra minutes <BR> Make multiple trips when putting things away don't over burden yourself. <BR> Count the things you do every week my Grocery shopping trip tonight will burn 147 calories. I am going to count it. I also will go to a bigger store and walk... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 17:07:49 EST How much do you buy? I know that I have problem food areas Many of us do. From then stand point of Weekly Shopping How much do you buy and what is your family size? <BR> There are foods that I am always running out of and others I am trying to cut back on So I am curious to what others buy in comparison maybe give a little direction to where I am shopping <BR> <BR> Cheese <BR> Bread <BR> Frozen meals <BR> other frozen foods <BR> Sausage <BR> Chicken <BR> Beef <BR> Seafood <BR> pork <BR> eggs <BR> potatoes <BR> ... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:17:10 EST WEEK 2 Fitness Update those posts Results tomorrow Great Job to those who did Week one. Drinking water, Getting enough sleep and accomplishing something you have been putting off. <BR> <BR> Week 2 is Fitness <BR> Goal Is to burn 250 Calories a day, Continue to drink that water, Complete the daily fitness activity (Should only take 10min) <BR> You can copy and paste the chart below and update it as you go, 1pt per goal met. Bonus for consecutive days met for a Max of 28 pts. For Week 2. Additional bonus point on days that you burn 500 calori... Mon, 28 Jan 2013 11:12:45 EST Wanting a personal buddy I am wanting a personal buddy/friend to help keep me accountable. I not real outgoing, but need someone who can help motivate me not only here, but chat on fb or txt. My name is debra i weigh 295 am 5'4, mother of 2 young boys and will not make it to 30 on the path I have been on. Mon, 28 Jan 2013 01:45:17 EST Can anyone help? :/ Okay, so I weighed myself this morning, after using the toilet and before eating. It said I GAINED ten pounds!! Freaking out! I exercised an hour every day and not once this week did I go over my calorie-range. In fact, my face looks thinner. Could my mom be right? She said I gained muscle and soon I will begin loosing fat pounds. Help? <em>39</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:29:31 EST Healthy Habits Support thread Hey ladies starting a support thread for this challenge if you have any questions or just want to tell us more about what you are doing to work on healthy changes. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 13:58:24 EST How do you ensure you Drink enough water? Me I put two water bottles in my fridge if I drink both of them I have had 8 glasses worth. Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:27:48 EST WEEK 1 Results are in 24 points for me 5 days consecutive and 2 days at 2 points. <BR> <BR> Week one will be Lifestyle habits. Drinking water (8 Glasses and coffee can only count for one of them), Getting enough sleep (at least 7 hours) and accomplishing something you have been putting off (Tell Us what you accomplished) <BR> You can copy and paste the chart below and update it as you go, 1pt per goal met. Bonus for consecutive days met for a Max of 28 pts. For Week 1. <BR> <BR> 1/21 <BR> Water 11 cups, Sleep ... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 10:54:44 EST Why do weight loss shows make me feel worse? Okay, so I will admit, I enjoy watching the transformation shows, and seeing people making progress towards their goals. Actually, if I could skip most of the artificial trauma-drama in the middle, that'd be fine. I like watching them overcome physical challenges - but then when they go to weigh themselves and they have lost 4 to 12 to 20 pounds in one week, I feel like my two pounds is just pointless. I makes my personal journey seem so much further out there! I know the situation is differe... Mon, 21 Jan 2013 09:16:48 EST Coming Up 1/21 3 Week Healthy Habits Challenge. What it entails. <BR> <BR> It is tough to focus on everything at once each week in this challenge we will have a different Healthy Habit to Focus on and track <BR> <BR> Week one will be Lifestyle habits. Drinking water, Getting enough sleep and accomplishing something you have been putting off <BR> <BR> Week two Fitness Challenge. Tracking your fitness getting some in daily as well as a added fitness move of the day. <BR> <BR> Week three. Tracking what you eat in Detail. Focus on getting... Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:01:57 EST Resolution Challange January is always a time where it seams that we focus on things we can do to make changes for the better. For the past several years I have gone a step further into evaluating my goals and dreams. Looking at progress made and priorities that have changed. Where I have been and what is next. <BR> <BR> First step is to just reply and say that you are in. I will post additional steps on weekdays. Some may be really short and others may take some thought. <BR> <BR> Also, If anyone else is in... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 13:07:31 EST Challenge feed Back 2013 is just around the corner. I am looking forward to throwing out some challenges for the team. <BR> <BR> Would love to have some feedback on what you are looking for in a challenge. Here are some questions <BR> <BR> How long, Monthly, holiday related, Weekly, 2 weeks, weekends? What are you wanting to see? <BR> <BR> Type Fitness, spark points, own personal goals, Percentage weight loss, Miles, Calories, Nutrition, healthy habits like water and sleep. What types are your favorite and wh... Thu, 20 Dec 2012 15:07:27 EST December Back to Basics Challenge This month we will NOT focus on fitness, or nutrition, or motivation. Our focus this month is just to get points. When I first started on Spark (back when I was most successful) my goal each day was to get 100 points. On those days the wheel is not cooperating you have to get in FITNESS. By tracking your NUTRITION each day, you get 15 points. My reading articles you get 9 points, and who doesn't love a quick quiz or some trivia to help MOTIVATE us. So by putting our focus on points, we g... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 12:11:17 EST Do you have a Goal Weight? You don't have to blurt it out (unless you want to)...but do you have a goal weight? <BR> <BR> Personally, I haven't been under 200 pounds since high school (1984) goal weight right now is 150 pounds. If I woke up tomorrow morning & magically weighed 150, life would be perfect. However...since that isn't happening...I have some goal weights (yes plural) in mind to get me to 150. And as I am only 5 ft 3 inches tall, 150 might be heavy once I get there. So that might not be my FINAL g... Thu, 29 Nov 2012 21:43:05 EST Upright Exercise Bike I love spinning at the gym on their upright stationary bike and plan on purchasing one this weekend to use at home. I'm looking for a sturdy bike that is quiet, has a comfortable seat, an adjustable console, many resistance levels and a price point up to $400. Does anyone have any suggestions for bike models or brands that they have used or purchased and recommend? Also, where did you purchase it? I'm thinking about using Thanks. Sun, 18 Nov 2012 19:23:08 EST Daily TO DO list Need someplace public to post your daily to do list? Here it is. And get points for it too. :) Mon, 12 Nov 2012 11:12:06 EST Bonus Spin Today I won a free exercise DVD on the bonus spin! I am very excited! Can't wait to get it! Sat, 10 Nov 2012 22:37:43 EST Hi Hi Everyone My Name is Nana I just Joined the team Tonight. I am From the Deep South of Georgia. Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:11:48 EST November Weekly Challenge We are coming into that time of year that it is SO easy to get off track and decide to start over in January. So how many pounds are you willing to put back on before you "start again"? One of my favorite quotes is:, "if you're tired of starting over, quit giving up". SO, We are NOT giving up. We will make it though the holiday season and stay focused on us!! And we will NOT gain weight. As hard as this sounds, (trust me, this is my time of year to go MIA) I know we can do it together. ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 11:28:18 EST Introduction Hi, I'm Amanda in 19 almost 20 years old and married to my highschool sweetheart that iet when we were 15. We now have a beautiful baby boy whom I just had on the 17th of this month October. He is my main reason a motivation to get healthy. I have been a larger women my entire life and have always thought about or wanted to lose weight and never actually done it and somehow after I got married I got comfortable and my numbers started creeping up until I high my high of 330 pounds while pregna... Sat, 27 Oct 2012 16:49:25 EST the CRAZY lady Challenge Thank you Judi for agreeing to do this with me. :) this is a challenge to help get me back on track. Anyone can join in at any time. Judi and I seem to be very evenly matched on fitness minutes so I thought we could make it a contest to push each other. Very simple, post your fitness minutes each day, and I will send out prizes the first of the week. If you'd like, post a blog or comment on team thread about what you did that week, and your plans for the following week. The idea is to j... Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:24:34 EST Halloween Challenge This is a simple challenge requiring one thing. Will power. Now its only three weeks so a short period of will power. But for many of us who hand out candy or get invited to several Halloween parties it mean being around temptation that is not in our normal routines. <BR> <BR> Dates from Oct 22nd to Nov 5th <BR> <BR> Pick your Level <BR> Level 3 Consume no Halloween Candy <BR> <BR> Level 2 Consume no Candy at all <BR> <BR> Level 1 Consume no Candy and nothing chocolate. <BR> <BR> Check ... Sun, 21 Oct 2012 15:20:24 EST Organizati on...Where to start? So, with the holidays fast approaching I realize that I need to get ready for those as well prepare the new year. The biggest thing I need to do in order to get ready is get more organized. I am looking to all of you done girls to give me some tips and tricks to get more organized. <BR> <BR> This biggest thing I need help with is finding a new planner. (I know the year is almost over, but yes I need a new planner.) I want to get a reusable one. I would like to get a nice professional looking... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:30:14 EST Fall Five Challenge Support Or if you just want extra support or to ask a question. Still it is always nice to have a conversation about healthy life style choices. <BR> <BR> OK I was a bit frustrated by lack of results with a monthly measurements. They didn't budge. I guess you can hit a flat spot in this form of tracking as well. I would love for them to move though at least half an inch. <BR> <BR> I also set smaller goals for October I want it to be something I reach. Mon, 1 Oct 2012 10:19:56 EST The Fall Five Challenge Sign up any time during the challenge. Don't really care if you are able to join us for 3 days or 3 weeks. <BR> <BR> How it works. I will start it on Sunday September 30th. I will post 5 things I plan to accomplish toward my healthy Lifestyle goals. They can be any thing like do 10min of strength training, drink your water, stay in your calorie range, take a short walk, cut back on harmful substances, post a message, post a blog, earn 50 spark points, get 8 hours of sleep. If you can think o... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:05:59 EST Sept 28-30th Weekend Challenge Make a plan! That is all. Weekends are where many of us have set backs. This weekend make a plan. Are you going to eat out? Plan smaller meals and an extra workout to compensate. Not going to make it to the gym? Then be sure to not go overboard on your portion sizes. <BR> Be sure to share your plan hear or on your spark people blog. Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:30:52 EST Accountability Would you like to join a private team where you must be ACCOUNTABLE with your food daily by reporting it to the team? The other requirment is a Weigh In on Mondays! <BR> <BR> If your interested please respond to me via spark mail. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:46:55 EST Coming soon the Fall Five Challenge Lets finish up strong with our last week of back to School and join the Fall Five Challenge <BR> Drop a few hints though the challenge won't go up till later this week. <BR> It is going to be fun! <BR> It is going to be Dynamic! <BR> It is going to be something everyone can do even if you join us late or only on weekdays! <BR> Its going to be a bit shorter (Sept 30th-October 21st) After all we have to get a Halloween challenge in as well this fall. <BR> Hope to see you all sign up. Tue, 25 Sep 2012 09:28:36 EST Sept 21st to 23rd Weekend challenge Work in some extra water the weekend. Try for at least 12 classes a day! <BR> You can do it! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 10:35:16 EST Bringing Back the Weekend Challenge Sept 14-16th End of summer! Get out there and do something outside while the weather is still decent (provided you don't have a down pour where you are living). It can be anything from weeding your yard to running a marathon. Report back to us what you did and relate it to how it contributed toward your goals for the month. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:58:18 EST What's For Dinner? So I am going to start a post and see if it takes off. I love getting great ideas for healthy dinner posts. So here is how it works Post what you ate the last time you had dinner and how many calories it was. Then post something unique about you. Something that not everyone knows it can be anything but it can also be something that will help us get to know you better. <BR> <BR> I will go first. <BR> Dinner <BR> I ate a big old plate of salad with carrots, cucumber, salsa, french fried onion... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 22:38:36 EST School is in session!! September = Back to School <BR> <BR> Time to "school" ourselves again, and get out butts back on track after the "relaxing" summer months. <BR> This month we are going to focus on fitness, nutrition AND motivation. You get to pick what you are going to do each day though. Will your fitness be walking everyday or setting a minute goal for the week with a daily minimum? How about your nutrition goals? Are you at a place that getting in your 8 glasses a water a day is a challenge for you... Tue, 4 Sep 2012 15:43:17 EST Favorite Healthy recipes. Since there has been so much talk lately of recipes, thought I'd start a place we can share links, or our favorite recipes. Thu, 9 Aug 2012 13:22:42 EST Challenge Support Thread We haven't had this in the past, so I am starting one up. A place to check in and chat about your monthly team challenges. Post your struggles, successes, anything in regads to the monthly challenge. Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:50:53 EST Going for GOLD August Challeng August Challenge ~ <BR> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Nutritional Goal ~ Eat every 2-3 hours, AND track food in advance <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Fitness Goal ~ walk everyday at least one mile <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> Health Goal ~ NO MORE negative talk. Give self pep talk everyday. <em>8</em> <BR> <BR> All 3: Gold <BR> Just 2: Silver <BR> Only 1: Bronze <BR> <BR> August <BR> 8/1 ~ 229 <BR> 8/8 ~ 229.6 NO MORE weekend binges. ... Wed, 1 Aug 2012 16:40:34 EST Hello everyone Pretty much read my spark page and you will see who I am and if you are in Joplin it would be nice to have a close spark buddie, but I need help no matter what. Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:02:37 EST Kinda New Hi to all. My name is Jeannine and I have been a member of Spark People for about a year. I have lost about 13 pounds but that has only been in the last month or so. I have never really taken full advantage of this site and I want to start doing this. That is why I am introducing myself now. I am a single mom of 2 boys ages 13 and 17. I am about 100 pounds overweight and I need some help keeping motivated and keeping on track. I have friends that are "trying" to lose weight too but I k... Tue, 24 Jul 2012 19:58:55 EST I joined this group a couple of weeks ago Hi everyone, <BR> My name's Julie and I joined this group a couple a weeks ago and lost track of time and forgot to introduce myself! So here goes: <BR> I'm a stay-at home mom. I have 2 beautiful daughters ages 12 and 8 . I have about 135 pounds to lose altogether. My first goal is to lose 15 pounds by my hubby's birthday on the 17th and I'm 5 pounds gone so far! Woo hoo! My 1st big goal is to get to 158 which is how much I weighed when I started dating my now husband 9 years ago. I ha... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 10:20:19 EST Unexpected Houseguest Last week my 24 year old son's new girlfriend came to stay for a few days unexecptedly. Normally this wouldn't bother me much, but she was here with me all day while my son was at work (yes, I did explain to him that this wasn't appropriate, but it was too late). I have been raised that you don't leave people just sitting nothing in your home. Always try to make them feel comfortable. So it really threw off my exercising because when I would ask is she wanted to go along she said no and I... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 11:51:05 EST Spit or Swallow I saw this on another Team & wanted to try it here. <BR> <BR> To Play start by naming a food. The next person posts whether they would SPIT or SWALLOW it depending on if they like the food or not. Make sure you post a choice for the next person. <BR> <BR> <BR> Let's begin... <BR> <BR> greek yogurt Sat, 9 Jun 2012 13:17:38 EST Jumping into June challenge Jumping into June. Summer is weeks away, are you ready? <BR> <BR> Will you make a new, healthy habit or break an old, unhealthy one? Or both? The choice is yours. Keep track on the below tracker by giving yourself a <em>48</em> for success or a <em>42</em> for not quite. <BR> <BR> How to participate: <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the rest of this message into your own reply. When you return to enter your results, look for the EDIT link at the bottom of your original post. Click that butt... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 15:07:24 EST Getting Started Moving! It's Memorial Day, and I would like to go out for a 10 minute walk. I am going to get ready <BR> now and just do it. Have a good one <BR> RUSTAVIA Mon, 28 May 2012 13:18:54 EST "25 Days to Get Back on Track" Challenge Support Here we go Girlies. It is now DAY 1 to our getting back on track challenge. Let's get off to a great start. Below you will find WAY 1 to start our challenge off as well as a link to the article we will be following for this challenge. Good Luck everyone and don't forget to post what you did as well as anything else you would like to say or discuss here on this thread. Post as often as you like. <BR> <BR> WAY 01 ~ 1. Try a short workout. Even five minutes is better than nothing. For idea... Sun, 27 May 2012 05:37:29 EST "25 Days to Get Back on Track" Challenge Tracker Here is a copy of you tracker for this challenge. Copy and post only once. Edit the same tracker each day throughout the challenge. Please feel free to decorate your tracker however you like. Good Luck and let's "get Back on track". NOTE: Please ONLY post your tracker to this thread. Use to support thread for comments, questions, etc. Thanks, Rosa <BR> <BR> ****************************************<BR>**************************************<BR>***************************** <BR> <BR> "... Sun, 27 May 2012 05:06:26 EST Smart Phones...I need help!!! Androind or iPhone? Hey Ladies. I know this isn't a weight related topic, but I need help. As of now I am stuck between an iPhone or an Android. I have looked up countless reviews, and I am still not sure. I was hoping to get some help from ya'll, because I figured that most of all ya'll have either one. I would really appreciate ya'lls opinion. So ladies can I get some help? Sat, 26 May 2012 11:53:43 EST New here Hi all, <BR> <BR> I am new to this team and I wish to discover all it includes :) <BR> <BR> I am 34 and live in Paris, France. I am canadian but have been living in France for a few years! <BR> <BR> I have lots of weight to lose and need to stay focus on my objective. In the end, the best gift I could have would be to be pregnant and become a mummy! :-) <BR> <BR> Looking forward to discuss with you. <BR> <BR> Opanka <BR> Tue, 22 May 2012 16:52:43 EST "25 Days to Get Back On Track" Challenge - Rules Hello Girlies, <BR> <BR> I am posting a few rules or guidelines for our "25 Days to Get Back On Track" challenge here below. Please DO NOT post to this thread. This thread is for challenge information only. Thanks for participating. <BR> <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> PLEASE DO NOT POST TO THIS THREAD <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <BR> 01 ~ Challenge begins on Sunday, May 27th. <BR> 02 ~ Read the article "25 Ways to Get Back on Track Today". Link Below. <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople... Sun, 20 May 2012 21:12:40 EST new to team hi all .. i'm alice .. single, 53, mother to 5, gma to 6 and want to lose 100 lbs .. my s/o passed away last sept 2011, so i moved into 1 bdrm apt with my youngest daughter .. yes, i am now sleeping on her couch .. apt is upstairs, so execise time is a challenge .. she works nights and sleeps during the day .. i have an annual membership at a gym, but haven't gotten into a steady workout program, yet .. thinking of joining a zumba class there next week .. and, i'm still working on self-contro... Fri, 18 May 2012 18:26:48 EST New to this team I've been on SP for a little over a week now and came across this team today. I have to admit that your open & honest way of posting in the Up Close & Way Too Personal thread is what convinced me to join the team <em>246</em> <BR> <BR> I am a work in progress. I began my weight loss journey on 02.21.11 and am currently down 86lbs. I am not sure what my ultimate weight goal is so for now I have it set at 200lbs. I think I would like to be about 175-180. I am 5'10" and top-heavy so I'm reall... Fri, 18 May 2012 15:36:28 EST New member Well my sister sent me a link to join this site..I have been looking around and I am still learning how to use the site. Right now it seems a bit overwhelming, but I am sure it's one of those things...the more you get on it, the more you will figure out. <BR> I have been on every diet possible from Atkins, Grapefruit diet, Biggest Loser and even diet pills, and they do start to work at first, but it's the staying on the diet that is hard for me. I don't know if I get bored with them or if I... Thu, 17 May 2012 10:22:41 EST "25 Days to Get Back on Track" Challenge - Sign Up S I G N U P N O W ! <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> This is your sign up thread for our "25 Days to Get Back on Track" Challenge that will begin on Sunday, May 27th. Information about this challenge was sent out in a sparkmail on May 15th as follows. <BR> <BR> Hello Girlies, <BR> <BR> I just wanted to let everyone know about our new challenge that will be starting on May 27th. It's called 25 days to get back on track and the inspiration comes fr... Thu, 17 May 2012 00:15:03 EST Just Joined!!! Hello everyone. I just joined sparkpeople today. I've been on the website all night trying to get familiar with everything. I will be honest with seems a little overwhelming. <BR> <BR> I am excited about starting a weight loss program. I definitely need to do something. I could use all the tips, advice, positive reinforcements, or just a few kind words. I have tried so many diets/fads before. This time I want to do something that works and something that motivates me. It... Wed, 16 May 2012 21:10:05 EST Buddies?? I am hoping to find some accountability buddies... <BR> <BR> I started on here in Feb, most of the friends that I have made on here have been inactive since about a week after I joined & no longer communicate with me. I kinda fell along the wayside for a bit, but I am back. I am not able to be on here everyday, but am trying much harder to not go longer than every other day. I also check my email daily. <BR> <BR> I am 29. <BR> I have a 14 year old daughter & fiance (getting married in Spr... Wed, 16 May 2012 16:58:22 EST Hello All Hey all. I am new to this team. I just figured I would drop by and introduce myself. I am twenty-one and I am a rising senior in college. I am an English major with aspirations to either be in edition, publishing, or working as a professor at a college. I currently have 144 pounds to lose, and I plan to do it slow and steady. Tue, 8 May 2012 17:29:59 EST Looking for an Accountability Buddy Okay, so I have never done this before. So I am looking for someone to help in the everyday. I know that I work better if I work with someone my goals. <BR> <BR> Here is a little bit of info about myself: <BR> -I am twenty-one <BR> -I need to lose more than one hundred pounds (In other words this will be a long process) <BR> -I am a college student <BR> -I would like a buddy that I can message or spark mail a lot <BR> <BR> <BR> Feel free to post on here, my sparkpage, or over sparkmail. I ... Tue, 8 May 2012 17:24:22 EST Get Ready for Summer - May Challenge! May has spring flowers, and with summer just around the corner, it's time to challenge ourselves before vacations and really nice weather try to derail us. <BR> <BR> Will you make a new, healthy habit or break an old, unhealthy one? Or both? The choice is yours. Keep track on the below tracker by giving yourself a <em>48</em> for success or a <em>42</em> for not quite on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> How to participate: <BR> <BR> Copy and paste the rest of this message into your own reply... Fri, 4 May 2012 18:19:24 EST Daily Accountability Do you have 50 or more pounds to lose? <BR> <BR> Do you want to be on a private team with daily accountability? <BR> <BR> If your answer is yes then send me a sparkmail. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:14:34 EST Hungry Girl Recipes Has anyone used Hungry Girl recipes to lose weight or with another weight loss plan such as WW? I caught her on Dr. Oz and have been interested in trying her recipes ever since. I'm new to Hungry Girl and am going to use Hungry Girl recipes with WW, and see if I can lose 100+ lbs this way. I already bought her 300 under 300 calorie book and have checked it out already. I'll adjust her recipes as needed to lower the sodium intake, but so far love what I have tried. Any info others can provide ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 16:48:11 EST Accountability Anyone looking to join a private daily accountability team? <BR> <BR> If so please send me a sparkmail. Sat, 14 Apr 2012 19:33:27 EST Zumba anyone? Hey everyone, I just bought the Zumba game for Wii. I'm going to try it out today. Has anyone else tried it either as the game, video, or even in a class? What are your thoughts? Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:05:41 EST Getting the Other Half in Gear. Any Suggestions So my Dear hubby comes to me yesterday about being depressed about not loosing weight. He had Lunch with his mother this week who confided that she was worried that he would have a heart attack by the time he was 40. I worry because he has a history of depression but doesn't want to do meds again. I also worry because she is right. He is 255 and 5'9. Works long hours at a desk job, does walk at lunch sometimes but other then that not much. We don't have a gym membership or work out equipmen... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:17:35 EST I need help When I track my strength training, it does not give me fitness minutes. Is this right? Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:28:52 EST Blackjack Challenge #3 - Weigh In Tracker Blackjack Challenge #3 - Weigh In Tracker <BR> <BR> Starting Weight: 160 <BR> Goal Weight: 145 <BR> <BR> Personal Goals: <BR> 1. <BR> 2. <BR> 3. <BR> 4. <BR> 5. <BR> <BR> April's Weigh In Dates: <BR> <BR> 01 ~ <BR> 08 ~ <BR> 15 ~ <BR> 22 ~ <BR> 29 ~ <BR> <BR> Total Pounds Loss/Gain for April: <BR> <BR> May's Weigh In Dates: <BR> <BR> 06 ~ <BR> 13 ~ <BR> <BR> Total Pounds Loss/Gain by Mother's Day: <BR> <BR> Personal Comments: <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 11:31:35 EST Blackjack Challenge #3 Support & Mini Challenges Post introductions, comments, support, and chit chat here on this thread. This is also where I will post your daily mini challenges as well. Good luck and most importantly have fun! Let's do this! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 01:27:30 EST Blackjack Challenge #3 -Weigh In Tracker Thread Hello Girlies, <BR> It is almost time to start our challenge, "Lose 21lbs. by Mother's Day". It starts on April 1st and goes through May 13th, Mother's Day. You don't have to lose 21 lbs. to participate. You CAN set your own goal (a number you feel comfortable and safe with). I want everyone to enjoy this challenge and not feel pressure to lose a certain number on the scales. There will be two threads for this challenge that you will use. This thread will be for you to set-up your Wei... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 01:04:10 EST Up Close and WAY too personal This is a chat room not for everyone. No question or topic is taboo. You have been warned. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 22:31:33 EST Dry skin from all the gym time Hi ladies! <BR> <BR> My dry skin has worsened since I've been in and out of the pool/gym so much. Anyone else experienced this? Or have any suggestions for a lotion or moisturizer? <BR> <BR> Nissa Mon, 26 Mar 2012 22:46:55 EST April's Fool Challenge Don't be a FOOL, Challenge yourself to change!!! <BR> Will you make a new, healthy habit or break an old, unhealthy one? Or both? The choice is yours. Keep track on the below tracker by giving yourself a <em>48</em> for success or a <BR> <em>42</em> for not quite on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> <BR> Weekly Weigh-in ~ <BR> Beginning April Weight: <BR> Week 1 (April 1 - 7) - <BR> Week 2 (April 8 - 14) - <BR> Week 3 (April 15-21) - <BR> Week 4 (April 22 -28) - <BR> End April Weight: <B... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 13:33:47 EST Weekend Challenge for March 23rd - 25th Let's add an extra 60 minutes of cardio sometime this weekend. Post your cardio exercises for the weekend and what you did for your extra 60 minutes. Have a great weekend! Sat, 24 Mar 2012 02:46:02 EST BlackJack Challenge #3 - Sign Up Thread Lose 21lbs by Mother's Day <BR> <BR> This challenge will start April 1st with a weigh-in and will end on Mother's Day, May 13th. There will be mini challenges along the way to help stay motivated and encourage healthy habits. Everyone participating until the end will receive a spark goodie. Who's with me? Sign up now! <BR> <BR> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> <em>306</em> <em>244</em> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 14:54:49 EST Hi all Hello my name is Danielle I'm 29 and have been struggling with my weight for a long time I finally reached a point in my life where I wanna be healthy and active, also I'm getting ready to get married and with having PCOS it's making my plans on starting a family a bit of an issue I have been using spark people for some time but never stuck with it until recently would love support and encouragement <em>306</em> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 22:43:40 EST Low Fat, Low Sodium High Protein Breakfast options So my husband and I are just starting out trying to eat healthier. We both have high blood pressure so are really trying to control our sodium intake as well. My husband is sensitive to lactose, so yogurt is out for him, but we are still looking for some options for breakfast. Anyone have any suggestions? Some low sodium sausage would be great! Sun, 18 Mar 2012 12:36:15 EST Weekend Challenge for March 16th - 18th This weekend the challenge will be to eat at least three servings of something green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. Post what you ate for each day here. <BR> <BR> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <em>437</em> <em>137</em> <em>439</em> <em>440</em> <em>441</em> <BR> <BR> Have a safe weekend and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Thu, 15 Mar 2012 23:49:30 EST Results for Blackjack Challenge #1 <em>242</em> BLACKJACK CHALLENGE #1 RESULTS <em>242</em> <BR> <BR> 1st Place ~ Feb 19th ~ SCRAPCATHY17 ~ 22.12 miles <BR> <BR> 2nd Place ~ Feb 20th ~ OVERHAULING-ME ~ 21.11 miles <BR> <BR> 3rd Place ~ Feb 21st ~ HATEPUTER39 ~ 21.11 miles <BR> <BR> 4th Place ~ Feb 27th ~ DAISEYTWO ~ 21.80 miles <BR> <BR> 5th Place ~ Feb 28th ~ GOWEMO ~ 22.25 miles <BR> <BR> 6th Place ~ March 4th ~ VINKITTY ~ 23.20 miles <BR> <BR> 7th Place ~ March 8th ~ BETHYSMAMA ~ 22.57 miles <BR> <BR> Corrected on... Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:43:15 EST Hey everyone! I'm lys I'm 28 and started my journey at 289 on dec 13 2011. I'm currently 244 and hoping to get to about 160ish by new years. I have struggled with weight as long as I can remember. After having my to kids I got to my heaviest. I have problems staying positive and I know this is the place to help me stay motivated :) anybody wanna chat or add me I would love that! I love meeting new people and look forward to this journey and every new day. Good luck everyone :) Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:21:41 EST Weekend Challenge for March 9 - 11 Get all of your freggies in this weekend. Make sure to have at least five servings of fruit and veggies daily this weekend and post what you ate. Have a great weekend "Girlies". <BR> <BR> <em>45</em> <em>210</em> <em>265</em> <em>289</em> <em>277</em> <em>267</em> <em>491</em> <em>284</em> <em>258</em> <em>474</em> <em>488</em> <em>485</em> <em>291</em> Fri, 9 Mar 2012 15:43:52 EST Determined to lose the extra pounds Hi my name is Cindy and I am new to Spark. I have motivated myself to lose weight to feel and look better. I begun my weight loss journey in 2010, but really kicked it up a noch in May of 2011. Since 2010 to date I have lost 42 pounds and I'm very proud of my acheivements, though there are time when I need extra motivation, but I will not give up! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 20:54:31 EST eating when sick? Hi everyone. I woke up this morning with a cold and am not feeling too well. In the past, I've been hungrier when I have a cold and have also read that your body needs more calories when sick. I'm not sure whether I should stick to my usual caloric intake or increase it. What do you recommend? What do you eat when sick? I would like to lose weight while sick but only if I can be healthy while doing so. Thanks! Wed, 7 Mar 2012 10:20:04 EST Getting to Know You..... I am starting this thread for those of us who would like to get to know each other better and maybe find a new friend or workout buddy living in your area. We will have a different topic each day to discuss and everyone who wants to participate can share information on that topic. For example, if the topic was mountain climbing, you would let us know if you love it or hate it, if you have ever done it and if so where, would you like to do it if you haven't, etc. Also you may be an expert i... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 22:09:06 EST Weekend Challenge for March 2nd - 4th Well Girlies you asked for it, so let's give it a try. Here is your first weekend challenge. Let's start with an accountability goal. Post your meals (including snacks) daily and include your totals for calories, carbs, fats, and proteins. Give yourself a <em>248</em> if you stayed within your ranges for each category. You can post your results daily or all at once on Sunday evening. You can use the template below or make up your own. Good Luck staying on track. <BR> <BR> Friday, M... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 03:00:17 EST BlackJack Challenge #2 - Support Thread This thread is to support each other throughout BlackJack Challenge #2. Feel free to post any questions you may have, support you want to offer, or just stop by to say "Hi". <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 02:41:03 EST BlackJack Challenge #2 - Fitness Tracker thread Here is the template for BJ Challenge Fitness Tracker. Remember, this will be a fitness challenge. The first person to track and post 21 hours (21 X 60 minutes = 1260 minutes) of fitness (cardio & strength training), you guessed it, that's right..... BlackJack. Please do not count everyday things like cleaning the house as fitness minutes. This challenge will start on Monday, March 5th. As always, copy and paste a copy of the template below to your post only once. You will edit your tracke... Fri, 2 Mar 2012 02:07:39 EST Mickey mouse roll call Hello all of you beautiful people, <BR> <BR> My name is Tracey. I'm 24 and this is how I came to be here. <BR> <BR> I'm fat. I always have been. I come from a family of large women so I always just thought that was how it was going to be. I spent the greater portion of the past 24 years trying/learning/struggling to love myself as a chubster, and i honestly think that I was almost there until the day i got free health insurance at work and decided to go to the doctor. She told me that I w... Thu, 1 Mar 2012 21:34:41 EST Lions and Tigers and Seizures! Oh My! (The original OP of this thread has been deleted by Sharon-Marie). <BR> <BR> To Mo and Wendy - <BR> Thanks so much for your comments and encouragements; I appreciate that! <BR> <BR> Y'all be blessed, <BR> Sharon-Marie Thu, 1 Mar 2012 15:46:27 EST Loosing Weight **While** Eating Healthy! There are myriad ways to eat to achieve weight loss . . . not all of them are healthy ways and many of them can actually create serious harm (short-term *and* long-term) to one's body. <BR> <BR> This thread is for all us Girlies who are interested in eating healthy! <BR> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <em>306</em> <BR> <BR> Let's make eating healthy one of our primary focuses during our weight loss journeys. <BR> The results will definitely be awesome for you! <BR> <BR> Who's interested i... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 18:33:52 EST Exercising without pain? I try to go for a 30 minute walk each day but my feet and joints hurt so I walk at an extremely slow pace. I'd like to be more active. I tried stregth training but pulled my bicep. I can't ride my bike at this weight and don't have a gym membership. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can be active each day without hurting myself? Thanks :-) Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:58:59 EST Intro Hi <BR> <BR> I am new to the group but not new to SP but I have not fully committed to anything up to now and I am focused on getting this weight off... I am tired and out of shape and am going to be 40 this year... YIKES... I want to enjoy the next 40 yrs as a healthy person So here i go again. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to making some new friends along the way. <BR> <BR> I am from Ontario Canada ..... Yes I say EH a lot ... LOL Wed, 29 Feb 2012 13:56:35 EST Hi!!! Hi Ladies! My name is Tara and I have about 130lbs to lose. I've put on the weight very quickly over the course of a few years and know I need to make many changes in my life. I need to stop overeating, stop eating for comfort/boredom and take control of my life. I've noticed so many negative changes in my body/mind since gaining all this weight and I have been wanting to lose this weight for some time but keep failing. Joining Sparkspeople is a big step for me as I had been avoiding joining ... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 12:03:18 EST BlackJack Challenge #2 - Sign Up This challenge will be a fitness challenge. The first person to track and post 21 hours (21 X 60 minutes = 1260 minutes) of fitness (cardio & strength training), you guessed it, that's right..... BlackJack. Please do not count everyday things like cleaning the house as fitness minutes. This challenge will start on Monday, March 5th. I will set up a thread for tracking your fitness minutes as well as a support thread for this challenge soon. Let's go "Girlies". We can do this. <BR> SIGN... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 23:36:57 EST New Here Hey everyone. I'm a 22 year old college student looking to lose about 150 pounds. Diabetes runs in my family and I really don't want to end up having to use insulin everyday. Hoping to find some support here because it's pretty hard to find people to relate to since all my friends are skinny and don't deal with certain issues I may have. Sat, 25 Feb 2012 23:11:19 EST Hello, I'm new to this! Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I'm a 26 year old female from the Pittsburgh, PA area. <BR> I've struggled with being overweight all my life, and now that some big changes are happening in my life, it's time for me to get healthy and start getting serious about losing some serious weight. <BR> <BR> I've joined this site in hopes to find some motivation, support, and possibly even a friend from the Pittsburgh area who would be open to joining Curves with me and becoming my work out buddy and friend. ... Fri, 24 Feb 2012 23:51:29 EST Intro... Hi everyone! I'm new here. Trying to find my way around the site and seeing what all it has to offer. So far it seems great. I'm wanting to lose right around 100 pounds. I had lost 50 lbs, but I've gained 30 of it back. I'm hoping I can stick with it this time for the long haul and finally reach my goal and just learn to eat healthier and have a more active life. It's nice knowing I can come here for support from all you great people. Thanks !! <BR> <BR> ~Angel Thu, 23 Feb 2012 22:35:07 EST New Hello all, just now saw this group and would like to join. Have been on the roller coaster dieting thing for about 11yrs. now. NOW I want to really make a change in my life. Wishing you all success. Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:27:27 EST Feeling Blah! I work shift work as a nurse and in the past 2 weeks I have worked 108 hours! (mostly night shift) It is all finally catching up with me. Does anyone else work shift work? How do you make time to get you exercise in? <BR> Another thing I am struggling with is the 3am eating at work...I know it is just the tiredness kicking in that is making me want to snack. How can I properly eat when I am flopping from days to nights? Such a struggle for me! <BR> <BR> Advise, tips and help please. <BR>... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 19:24:21 EST hi i am verynik I just started this journey i am just so depressed and down and not feeling like i can really be succesfull in this journey i hope i can i will try and this looks like a great place to start i love seeing all the success many have in this program it is just things that are occurring in my life a teenage daughter her mood swings and my own personal tribulations with weight and my diabetes and hypertension and i just wish that i can be asuccess in my journey i did have a lap band procedure done... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 14:33:49 EST Hello Hello everyone my name is Gewanda. I joined sparkpeople because I was looking for a free way to track my food, fitness and weight loss. Sparkpeople has that and so much more. I am 33 years old and have struggled with my weight all my life. I have tried fad diets, WW, and Jenny Craig and have failed on then all. I am currently at 280lbs.(my highest weight ever) and am looking to get to 150-130. My biggest challenge right now is re-learning how to eat(specifically how to eat smart/healthy... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 12:02:27 EST Spark Pages! I would like to encourage y'all to have a Spark Page. <BR> <BR> Having a Spark Page will allow people to make comments on your page and also send you electronic Goodies. <BR> <BR> It will also help others to get to know you a little better and to know which specific areas we can encourage you and support. <BR> <BR> <BR> (I'm not talking about people who have private pages; I'm talking about people who don't have a spark page up at all). <BR> <BR> <BR> I also want to encourage y'all to... Tue, 21 Feb 2012 09:40:50 EST Intro... My name is Lisa, I am 21, Live in California, Majoring in Culinary Arts a few classes from my degree, I am plump and happy, but not healthy, that's what I am here to change! :) And I hope that this team will allow me to assist and influence others to achieve their goals and vise verse! :) Tue, 21 Feb 2012 02:08:02 EST Introducing myself Hello, My name is Bethlynn and I am 44 years old with 2 daughters (25 & 19) and 2 grand kids (Sophie 1 & Ethan 4) and a wonderful husband. I have just got started on this weight loss program. I have been over weight my whole life and lost down to 150 my senior year of school and then gained it right back. I have been on the diet yo-yo for many many years. The other day I was planning a vacation for my family and searching the internet for things to do in TN well there was this 1 attraction th... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:38:03 EST The Power of Starting The Power of Starting <BR> <BR> There are great ideas and intentions that stay in the mind and never make it to reality. They just never get started. Today is the day you could pick up the phone and forgive that person who, you know in your heart, needs to be forgiven. Today is the day you could start that business or get in better health. Today is the day you could reflect with God on what's not working in your life. Today is the day for relating with your God and listening for His intenti... Sun, 19 Feb 2012 17:59:29 EST there anyone out there??? So since this is my first time posting on this teams forum. I have been apart of this team for about a week, but this is the first time I have had any time to say hi. I guess I am supposed to say a little bit about myself. I am twenty, but I will be twenty-one in 16 days. I am a junior in college, and I am an English major. I am also vastly overweight. I have recently began trying to loose weight again at the beginning of my spring semester. So far I have lost eight pounds. I don't really kno... Sat, 18 Feb 2012 19:12:42 EST Hello Hi, I'm a 57 soon to be 58 yr old grandma that wants to be able to do things with the grandkids besides sitting and playing games. My current issue is dealing with all of the "you're never gonna do this cause you've never succeeded before so why even bother to try" thoughts and feelings. It looks like there is lots of encouragement spread across this site and I hope to put some of it to use and maybe help someone else along the way. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 21:16:36 EST Hi, I'm new here, trying this out I have a lot of weight to lose, but haven't had enough motivation. I am pretty much confined to a wheelchair, and live with my large dog. I am only semi-computer literate, and not used to message boards, so will take some time for me to get the hang of this. Fri, 17 Feb 2012 18:37:47 EST BlackJack Challenge #1 Support Thread Use this thread to post your thoughts, questions, or just to support each other for the Blackjack Challenge. Post as often as you like. Good Luck with the challenge! <BR> <em>306</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 23:37:12 EST Help me hi there, im having trouble with depression. if anyone is dealing with the same problems. please msg me.. i could really use the help Thu, 16 Feb 2012 15:04:15 EST Hi everyone Just started and wanted to say "Hi". I am starting my new journey. Trying to make a lifestyle change and not going on another diet. Looking forward to sharing this journey with all of you. <em>213</em> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 12:55:38 EST New to group Hi, I'm Nancy and I need to lose 150 lbs. I'm 56 and have four grandchildren which I can't keep up with. My health is going down hill and I'm tired most of the time. I have been on and off diets all my life. I had back surgery five years ago and still have problem with walking. I think that this would be a great group to be in as I find with having to lose so much and being so handicapped that I get discouraged and quit. I need all the inspiration that I can get. Thanks Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:51:57 EST Time to do this! Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm 41 (almost 42 but who's counting) and am currently at 226 lbs. I started this journey with the intention of losing 100lbs. That would put me at 140 when all is said and done. I've been working out with a personal trainer and trying all sorts of meal plans for almost a year and have only lost 15 lbs. It's time to find the motivation to get this done.My oldest daughter graduates in June and I don't want to be the fat mom. I would love to just get below that magic number ... Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:17:02 EST hi...I am Deborah Just want to say hello. I am struggling. What is difficult is that I have limited movement, I can exercise from a chair only. I keep to my food plan. Drink enough water...and pray! Thu, 16 Feb 2012 09:11:21 EST Time to make some changes :) Hey everybody! My name is Amber and I'm a junkaholic. I've spent years eating whatever I wanted when I wanted it, and it's time to make some changes. I'm looking forward meeting new people and staying motivated :) Thu, 16 Feb 2012 08:23:47 EST New To SparkPeople ! Hello, I'm Lexi . I'm new to SparkPeople and I love IT so far. Well pretty much just came here for the SUPPORT. So please BOTHER to add me as a friend (I have 100+ to lose). Thu, 16 Feb 2012 03:37:30 EST Valentine's Fitness Challenge Results Let's give the following "Girlies" a great big hand for completing our Valentine's Fitness Challenge. They endured a lot of physical challenges and gave their best each and everyday for the past two weeks. Since we had three members to complete the physical challenges, the final results are based on percentage of weight loss for each individual. The results are as follows. <BR> <BR> <em>205</em> 1st Place ~ BETHYSMAMA ~ Lost 8lbs ~ 3.38% <BR> <BR> 2nd Place ~ LACATUSCO74 ~ Lost 3lbs ~ ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:27:50 EST Hi all! I am new here ;) I am a 31 year old female from Arlington,Texas looking to make friends with people that share similar goals to mine :) I look forward to sharing in your journey and having you encourage me in mine! Have a great day!!! Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:16:32 EST Anyone else disappointed with the local spark team I mean my local peeps don't do anything. I am glad I found you ladies. Still I often find myself alone for my walks and things. Anyone else feel like they are always working out alone? Wed, 15 Feb 2012 11:16:07 EST Catch 22 I am very tired of being overweight. This is a catch 22 because I resist getting up and doing something about it Tue, 14 Feb 2012 20:57:34 EST Hello, from Louisiana Ladies, I am new to the team, (about two weeks) and am learning my way around the website. I got on the scale Saturday morning and discovered I had lost 17 pounds. Imagine my delight!!!!! <em>104</em> Needless to say, it has fired up my enthusiasm. <BR> Blessings, <BR> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 08:11:05 EST Ever thought what you will do at your goal weight? You know, I was thinking of things earlier today and was like the one true thing I have always wanted to do but just could not bring myself to do at my weight is I want to do a pin up girl photo shoot with a photographer I love the pin up girls and its just something that is so sexy, wild and feminine. I even have a idea of kinda what I want mine to look like I want a black outfit and a sexy car somewhere in it but I know a few photographers who do those photo shoots and they have the makeup ... Mon, 13 Feb 2012 23:59:41 EST Blackjack Challenge #1 Mileage Tracker <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Do Not Post <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Please only post your mileage tracker on this thread. There will be a support thread to post comments and questions on daily. <BR> <BR> Below is the template for the Blackjack Challenge Mileage Tracker. Please set up your tracker and decorate it however you want. Remember once your set up your tracker you will go back and edit it when adding your miles. The first one to walk 21 miles win... Sat, 11 Feb 2012 01:38:26 EST Not new, just starting over Hello, my name is Tammy and I need to lose at leasr 150 pounds to get healthy. I am not new just starting over I lost my information a couple months ago. I just had an endoscopy and the dr said most of my problems are because of my obesity. I have gerd, acid reflux. I hope to get reaquainted with the members of the community and hoping to find some spark buddies that I can share my motivation with. Wed, 8 Feb 2012 23:01:41 EST Hi! Hi! I am on week 3 day 2 of SP! I love it so far! Just found this site today and I'm excited about sharing with others who have similar goals. I am from southern Indiana, 40's, married, two kids (about grown). I am a nurse and in my off time, I like to read and play with the dogs. Hope to make a few friends in the process!! Wed, 8 Feb 2012 11:46:40 EST New girl on the block! Hi everyone! My name is Danielle, and I am really glad to see so many positive people trying to take a step in the right direction to get healthy! My ultimate goal is to loose 120 lbs. I have really just started because of a biggest loser contest at work ( which I really want to win!) and because of a friends wedding I am going to be standing for in June of this year. I don't want to look back on the pictures and not like them, so I am do all I can to at least be a 1/4th of the way there by ... Wed, 8 Feb 2012 10:50:34 EST new to SparkPeople today Hi, I have just signed up but not sure if I am able to follow the nutrition suggestions for the tracker, as I am awaiting testing for Celiac and even if I do not have it will likely have to curb wheat and gluten. Is there a group for that here? Tue, 7 Feb 2012 19:28:00 EST What Have you Learned from Tracking I'm on my longest stretch ever of Tracking everything. <em>244</em> <BR> <BR> What I have learned so far <BR> Say NO to Chinese food <BR> Cupcakes are good but not that Good <BR> Salad wraps are great but just going with the salad is better (flour tortillas surprised me) <BR> <BR> I am going to get subway tonight what an awesome tool. They let you customize your sandwich on their website so you know the nutritional value for the way you normally order your sandwich. <BR> <BR> What are y... Tue, 7 Feb 2012 19:11:38 EST Just Found You Guys! Hi, my name is Krista. <BR> I'm a wife, mom to 7 and daycare provider to 3. I signed up for SP 27 months ago. During that time I've only been on for 6 months. 2 in 2009, 2.5 in 2011 and now, since the beginning of January. I'm doing it this time! I'm approaching it as a lifestyle change NOT a diet Mon, 6 Feb 2012 19:37:42 EST Hi :) I'm new! Just found this team and thought it would be a great way to get into 'Sparking' :) I've got about 170 lbs. to get rid of, but I know I can do it! I will be supportive of all of you, and hope you'll be there for me as well! Can't wait to get to know you all better! Mon, 6 Feb 2012 09:33:08 EST BlackJack Challenge #1 - Sign Up Sign up now for the new Blackjack Challenge. <BR> <BR> It will start on Thursday, February 16th ( 2 weeks from today). This will be a simple walking challenge. The first person to walk 21 miles starting on February 16th (you guessed it) will BLACKJACK! The first member to finish this challenge will receive a great goodie and all the bragging rights. The next three places will be rewarded with a goodie as well. All members should continue with the challenge until they blackjack even if... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 16:07:05 EST New SparkPeople Family Member Hello everyone, I just signed up today. I was referred by a co-worker from another office within our agency. I am committed and excited. It's been rough, but I know that I will reach my goal. I haven't always been this way, but I know that I am willing to make changes I can/will make it. I wanted to take the easy way out (surgery) and my son very bluntly told me that I could not do that and to do it the natural way and that he would help me. How could I resist. I wish everyone much su... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:50:21 EST If you bought piece of workout equipment... What would you or did you buy? Thu, 2 Feb 2012 10:22:16 EST A 'to, or not to' sort of question Alright Girlies: <BR> <BR> Heres my question... Sometimes, I just cannot get that last bit of one or two hundred calories in, and for example like right now its 7:30 pm and im worried that that last little push to get to the calories is what might be detrimental... I know it depends on what it is... but I JUST literally finished dinner and then it might not be till 9ish that a hunger/not full feeling comes around. <BR> <BR> So, which is better, take it for what it is, and adjust in the fut... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 20:34:32 EST Hello - First Day Hi: <BR> I'm Tammy, from Ankeny, Iowa. I have two amazing kids and an amazing husband. <BR> Grace - 5 <BR> Christian - 10 <BR> DH - Brad <BR> <BR> I work at a great place called On With Life, a inpatient brain injury rehab center. I am the Compliance and Health Information Manager, which is a desk job and it's hard to get away during the day to work out. <BR> <BR> I do have so many blessing, and now it's time to get myself under control, my eating, my health and my BP. <BR> <BR> I'm mot... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 15:03:10 EST Hello Hello: I'm brand new to SP. Loving it so far. I have 100+ to loose and I'm super motiviated right now. <BR> <BR> I live in Ankeny Iowa and have 2 kids. Grace - 5 and Christian -10. I work at an amazing place called On With Life, an brain injury rehab inpatient center. Amazing job as their Compliance and Health Information Manager. Which is a desk job. <BR> <BR> My BP needs to be in control and I need to be healthly. I'm tired of being the way I am right now! <BR> <BR> I will need h... Wed, 1 Feb 2012 14:56:06 EST new here Hi to all, I am new here and don't quite know how it works. Is there a specific food plan to follow, or do you just doyour own thing? Tue, 31 Jan 2012 15:55:24 EST Hey all!! Hi all!!! I'm totally new to Sparkpeople.....I was using a different weightloss sight but my friend recommended this one over that here I am..Hopefully this works!!! I'm trying to lose 100 lbs. Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:32:10 EST Valentine's Fitness Daily Challenge Thread Here's the template to start off the daily mini-challenges. Remember......DO NOT start challenge until 12am. Have fun working out. Good Luck to everyone! <BR> <BR> <BR> Valentine's Fitness Daily Challenge - January 31st <BR> <BR> Mini-Challenge #01 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #02 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #03 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #04 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #05 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #06 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #07 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #08 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #09 - <BR> Mini-Challenge #10 - <BR> M... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 21:28:38 EST Hello everybody My name is Nikkie and I've recently joined; Im here to get myself to a healthy weight and feel better about myself in the process. I've struggled all my life being heavy, and after I had my children it just got worse. In having children to take care of, working and a busy lifestyle it's very hard to get and stay motivated. I'm hoping to have finally found a place that will help motivate me to do better for myself. <BR> Thanks for reading about me and my struggles, I'd love to hear your stori... Mon, 30 Jan 2012 19:45:49 EST Best Quotes for Motivation or Inspiration Post motivational and/or inspirational quotes here. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 10:59:33 EST Valentine's Fitness Challenge Support Thread This thread is for commenting about our fitness challenge as well as offering support to each other. Post as often as like. Let's cheer each other on to victory. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 01:13:43 EST Valentine's Fitness Challenge Weigh-In & Here is your template for recording weigh-ins and daily participation in mini-challenges. Please copy the template below and decorate your page however you want to. Also be sure to edit your page daily. DO NOT make a new one each day; just edit the one you set up in the beginning. Please be honest with yourself when posting. Challenge begins Jan 31st. Please DO NOT post weigh-ins or challenges before Jan 31st, 12am or you will be eliminated. It's okay to set up your template page now. ... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:03:58 EST A little nervous but here it goes! Hi everyone! I am a wife to a great man and we have three wonderful kids- going through the teen years so some days are more wonderful than others lol. I have struggled with weight since I was 18-20. After having children I gained a lot of weight and have kept it on for well I guess 16 years- enough is enough- I want to be able to bend over and not get red faced! I want to sit on the couch comfortably like everyone else. I want to be able to be the me I feel like inside- not this trapped wo... Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:57:36 EST First day here Hi everyone first day at sparks site finding my way around the pages, feeling abit overwhelmed by all the information, but going to try my best to get to know the site and work on a better happier healthier me. Hope to find inspiration, guidance, and motivation to get me started on loosing weight becomming more healthier emotionally, physically and mentally. Look forward to sharing and reading stories. Emma Sun, 29 Jan 2012 00:54:26 EST HI Just wanted to say HI! it is going to take me awhile to go through all the posts on here but glad to find others who are on the same path I am. A few things about me: I am 35 , I work nights and love it wouldnt have it any other way =), I have been married for going on 18 years to a great guy and we have an amazing dog. Looking forward to getting to know the people here and read others jurneys because it is hard when you have so much to lose and the people you are surrounded with only need ... Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:46:01 EST Hello All I am a mother of 2- that would like to loose these extra pounds once and for all - Any help and encouragment anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. I would love new recipes, things that work and things that don't. <BR> <BR> Good luck to all. <BR> <BR> Have FUN! Wed, 25 Jan 2012 21:56:13 EST Hello Everyone in Weight-Loss Land!!! Hi there! My name is Amanda and I am working soooo hard to get healthy. I have a long way to go and my life to get there (but of course I would like it to be a little faster). I am working out every day and trying to stick with the habits which have eluded me for over 18 years. Visit my page, give me a shout-out, and feel free to lend me some incouragement... I need all the help I can get! Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:34:13 EST Valentine's Fitness Marathon Challenge Rules <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> Challenge Rules Thread <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> Please don't post to this thread. Use the Daily Check In Thread to post comments. Thanks! <BR> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <em>227</em> <BR> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> Challenge will start on Jan 31st ... Tue, 24 Jan 2012 14:00:04 EST Ready to make a change Hi...I'm new to this site and I have to say that after looking around I'm uber-excited. I'm hoping with my own motivation and the support that I can find through I will be able to meet my goals. I am currently 100+ lbs. overweight and I've allowed it to get me so depressed that I haven't had the want to lose the weight. Well I have decide to take control of my weight and instead of allowing it to make me feel depressed I'm going to use it as motivation to make a change. I ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 13:18:23 EST Valentine's Marathon Fitness Challenge - Sign up <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <em>26</em> <BR> This will be a challenge all about fitness and endurance. I'll start it off with a mini challenge and the next person will perform that challenge and also an additional mini challenge of their choice. Each member should copy and paste most recent list and add their challenge at the end of the list. This will continue on with each post. This challenge will start on Jan 3... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 22:32:19 EST HELLO MY NAME IS STACY, AND THIS IS DAY 1 OF MY NEW LIFE! Sat, 21 Jan 2012 10:10:46 EST Hi! Hi my name is Nicole. I am new to this site, I am currently training at Goodlife and my training said that this was a great site for motivation and healthy recipes, so I thought I would check it out! I am looking for some motivation as well as I do have a lot of weight to lose. I am excited to get started :D Fri, 20 Jan 2012 18:42:39 EST Hi :-) My name is michelle im 26years old and live in england. Im so excited to begining my journey to a healthier me <em>334</em> <BR> I want to lose as much weight as I can for my first ever holiday to America with my boyfriend anthony, for his 30th birthday. Were heading for Las vegas so I want to be able to buy nice clothes, were thinking of doing horseback riding so I need to lose the weight for that too. <BR> <BR> Hope to make some great supportive buddies on here, we can make anything happ... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:27:21 EST Hi... I'm Anne in UT. I have about 145 lbs to lose. I teach high school and the faculty/staff just created an 8 week B-Fit challenge that I decided to join. I thought that rejoining Sparkpeople would help me with that. I've had a hard time getting motivated to lose this weight that was brought on by PCOS and my twin pregnancy. I want soooo badly for this to work this time. I'm almost 45 and I think I'm ready to shed all of this excess weight. I've lost 10 lbs since last year and have managed ... Tue, 17 Jan 2012 01:07:20 EST Hello Hello everybody! <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> I don't do well under pressure when it comes to loosing weight. That is why various programs never worked out for me before. Also they say slower the better for loosing weight. I see a Dietician once a month and weight in once a month and that helps. How is everybody? <BR> <BR> Lisa Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:44:43 EST Trackers What do you think about the trackers? <BR> <BR> I think it would be more motivational to set the tracker for an intermediate goal, say 25 pounds, and then change it later. <BR> <BR> On the other hand, I think it helps others to see the whole picture by listing the final goal. <BR> <BR> What are the rest of you doing? <BR> <BR> edited to add: Sorry, the correct term is "tickers." Didn't mean to confuse anyone. <BR> Sun, 18 Dec 2011 02:09:25 EST December fitness minutes challenge This is to challenge yourself, and hold yourself accountable to getting time in for fitness. Thu, 1 Dec 2011 20:58:42 EST Hi everyone! My name is Pam. Im 50yrs old and live in Maryland. I am married 7 yrs now to a wonderful man who treats me like a queen. I have 3 grown children and I have 5 granddaughters. <BR> <BR> I have approx 165 pounds to lose. It is overwhelming when I think about it. But every day is a new day that I have to make changes. With joining sparkpeople again after being gone for awhile, is my first step of my changes. There are going to be alot more and I will get there. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to wor... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 13:17:14 EST Question of the day So HOPE4 was the first to reply, so here goes. Anyone signing on in the morning can ask the question of the day. <BR> <BR> What is the one thing you will NOT give up? <BR> <BR> For me it's coffee. It is a compromise for me. It is rare I go to Starbucks now, and when I do it is non-fat with sugar-free flavor. But I love my morning coffee, with flavored creamers. Somedays I still do black coffee, and somedays I use fat free creamer, but the coconut cream is my favorite, and it doesn't com... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:47:42 EST Motivational Blogs I can't tell you how many times I have read a blog from someone who is approaching the end of their journey, and get tears in my eyes. Sometimes I can get discouraged when I think how long this is going to take, then I just remind myself, ONE DAY AT A TIME!! <BR> If you come across a blog that motivates you, please share. <BR> Here is one that was in my email today. <BR> <BR> My Journey to ONEderland in 16 Months and 2 Days <BR> <BR> Sorry, don't know how to make it a link. <BR> <BR> <... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:38:28 EST November Daily Challenge Been here two months, and have learned SO MUCH about nutrition. I think it is important to learn while on our journey, so we don't fall back into bad habits. <BR> <BR> Friday challenge: <BR> <BR> Read two articles, and take a quiz. <BR> <BR> Report back when completed. <BR> <BR> Did mine. :) Fri, 18 Nov 2011 12:26:29 EST